Check how much carbon dioxide is in the atmosphere….NOW!

co2now dec. 2012

At co2now.org, you can track current climate data.  The website republishes and organizes global climate data so that it’s easy to access and easy to understand.  Some cool features:

*Current data for atmospheric carbon dioxide (taken from Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii)

*Historical temperature and carbon dioxide

*Global temperature information

*Add widgets to your website or blog–check out mine on the left-hand menu right below the links!

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What do these numbers mean?

ppm= parts of million —  This is the unit used to measure the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

When we are above 350ppm, it’s considered on the higher levels of safety for carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.  We’ve consistently been about 350ppm since 1988.   Carbon dioxide levels do fluctuate over the year due to seasonal changes (more carbon dioxide in the winter when many plants in the Northern hemisphere have died off, less carbon dioxide in the spring/summer.)  However, it is not the annual changes that we’re worried about.  It’s the overall upward trend in the amounts of carbon dioxide.

In May 2012, the Christian Science Monitor reported that some measuring stations were reporting over 400ppm of carbon dioxide in the Arctic!  According to the article, we haven’t seen levels of carbon dioxide that high since…..800,000 years ago.

So let’s reduce our carbon footprint!  And in the meantime… keep track at co2now.org.

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Check how much carbon dioxide is in the atmosphere….NOW!

  1. Adé says:

    can you post the homework please!?

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