Second Fastest, Largest C02 Growth in 2019, Carbon Dioxide Levels Hit Record Peak in May

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 14 June 2019

Carbon Dioxide Reaches Record Levels, Plus 6 Things to Know About the Greenhouse Gas,
NASA Earth Observatory, June 14, 2019.

Global CO2
Global CO2, NASA.
NASA, read more about this image measuring global CO2 here.


Original Article

Oceans of Hot Air

Carbon Dioxide Levels Hit Record Peak in May,
Monthly average surpassed 414 parts per million at Mauna Loa Observatory,
Scripps Institute of Oceanography, June 4, 2019.


CO2 Over the Top
"...the average for May peaking at 414.8 parts per million (ppm)..."

"...highest seasonal peak recorded in 61 years of observations on top of...Mauna Loa..."

Increasing Steeply
"...seventh consecutive year of steep global increases in concentrations of carbon dioxide..."

Big Jump
"...2019 peak value was 3.5 parts per million higher than the 411.3 ppm peak reached in May 2018; it represents the second-highest annual jump on record."

"...CO2 values at Mauna Loa first breached the 400 ppm threshold in 2014."

"The May monthly average measured by NOAA was 414.7 ppm, also 3.5 ppm higher than the May 2018 average."

Rapidly Increasing
"...the rate of increase is accelerating...2.2 ppm per year during the last decade."

Out of Control Corporate Growth
"There is abundant and conclusive evidence that the acceleration is caused by increased emissions."

Annual Bio-Cycle
Keeling Curve
"The highest monthly mean CO2 value of the year occurs in May, just before plants start to remove large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere during the northern hemisphere growing season. In the northern fall, winter, and early spring, plants and soils give off CO2, causing levels to rise through May."

Mauna Loa
"Perched on a barren volcano in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the observatory is ideally situated for sampling well-mixed air (undisturbed by the influence of local pollution sources or vegetation) that represents the northern hemisphere average."


Carbon Dioxide Measurement,
Mauna Loa, &
The Keeling Curve

Scripps Oceanography,


Scripps Oceanography



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Scripps, 2019, Carbon Dioxide, levels, concentrations, reading, 414, highest, level, rising, rapidly


Originally Published
2019-06-04 13:42:43

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