Would you be surprised to know that we are not making any real progress on reducing the worst current and future consequences of global warming? Here is the proof.
Atmospheric carbon from fossil fuel burning is the main human-caused factor in the escalating global warming emergency we are experiencing now. The current level of carbon in our atmosphere which is mainly from increased fossil fuel burning is tracked using what is called the Keeling curve. The Keeling curve measures atmospheric carbon in parts per million (ppm).
Each year, many measurements are taken at Mauna Loa, Hawaii to determine the parts per million (ppm) of carbon in the atmosphere at that time. At the beginning of the Industrial Revolution (1) around 1880, before we began fossil fuel burning, our atmospheric carbon level was at about 270 ppm.
Here is the current Keeling curve graph. Today we are at about carbon 408 ppm.
Keeling Curve Monthly CO2 graph, via Show.earth (2)
As you can see, we are not reducing global warming causing carbon in spite of all that you have heard in the media about what both individuals and nations are doing. This exponentially rising carbon is also very bad for limiting the 20 worst consequences of global warming.
If the total carbon ppm level in our atmosphere is not going down or carbon’s average ppm level per year is not falling or at the very minimum slowing its steep level of increase (as shown above,) (3) we are in fact not making any significant progress on resolving the escalating global warming emergency.
As you can instantly see in the above graph, not only are we not making any global warming reduction progress, worse yet, we are going in the wrong direction faster and faster!
This carbon ppm global warming measurement system is so accurate that it bears repeating. No matter what you are being told about global warming reduction progress by the media, governments or climate “authorities,” total atmospheric carbon as well as carbon’s average ppm level increase per year is the most dependable measurement of our real progress and the greatest predictor for current and future global warming consequences.
There are two key ways you will always be able to tell if we are making honest progress in reducing global warming:
When you start seeing the above Keeling graph levels dropping from the current carbon ppm level (approximately 408 ppm) back to a reasonably safe carbon 350-325 ppm.
- When we see our average annual increase in carbon ppm levels (currently at about 3+ ppm per year) begin dropping significantly.
As you can see we are in deep trouble and we are not making progress In reducing global warming in spite of 30+ years of warnings about what is coming.
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- the transition to new manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840. From Wikipedia contributors, "Industrial Revolution," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Industrial_Revolution&oldid=755848241 (accessed December 20, 2016).
- Show.earth. "Keeling Curve Monthly CO2 Widget." ProOxygen. Accessed January 17, 2017 from https://www.show.earth/kc-monthly-co2-widget
- changes in the El Niño La Niño patterns can periodically affect annual carbon ppm levels.
- There are other sources of of atmospheric carbon other than fossil fuel burning. There are both natural and human sources of carbon dioxide emissions. Natural sources include decomposition, ocean release and respiration. Human sources come from activities like cement production, deforestation as well as the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas.
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