Latest reading: 400.27 ppm.CO2 concentration on May 16, 2013
But that's not all.Man made CO2 emissions into the atmosphere will continue to rise and will push temperatures further up.We have surpassed the safe levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.According to climate science, the safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is 350 parts per million.
So how did we get here and can we get out of this hell ?
Before the industrial age CO2 emissions were at 275 ppm - and ever since then they have risen rapidly. So where did this unprecedented rise of CO2 come from ?
Here is the quick and dirty list.
A new report from WWF shows that five Asian countries, Cambodia,Laos,Burma,Thailand and Vietnam has lost nearly one-third of their forests in the last 35 years and could be left with 10-20% of their original cover in 15 years.If the current rate of deforestation continues, the world's rain forests will vanish within 100 years- causing unknown effects on global climate.
So we can continue to live business-as-usual ,pumping CO2 into the atmosphere but in doing so we will destroy our planet. And when we destroy the planet, we destroy ourselves.