Heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the Earth’s air reaches a record level.
Scientists say the world recently set a record for carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere, although carbon dioxide-producing industrial activity plummeted amid the coronavirus pandemic. Because of this, carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels in April fell by 17%.
Carbon dioxide is considered the main human-made greenhouse gas that heats the Earth’s atmosphere. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that during May, carbon levels averaged 417.1 ppm. This is 2.4 parts per million more than a year ago. Measurements were taken in Mauna Loa in Hawaii.
According to Peter Tans, a leading NOAA researcher, the short-term reduction in carbon dioxide emissions over the course of several months did not have a significant long-term effect, as gas has been accumulating for decades.