Carbon Dioxide levels set a high of 400ppm in Antarctica

…A new announcement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released Wednesday reveals a new benchmark that should kick us in the seat of our pants.

The remaining atmospheric observatory, Antarctica’s South Pole Observatory, has detected atmospheric carbon dioxide at 400 parts per million. Scientists agree that this number is alarming, as the level of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere has remained between 280 to 300ppm until around the time of the Industrial Revolution, when an increase in industrialization and manufacturing pumped higher levels of greenhouse gases into our atmosphere. These higher levels of greenhouse gases will bring about increasingly worse levels of destruction via climate change.

After the first observatory, the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, recorded 400 ppm three years ago, the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have flowed and cycled throughout the globe. From its original spewing out in the northern hemisphere, the greenhouse gas has made it to the southernmost continent….

New studies are showing that 400 ppm may be the new normal for planet Earth, though the levels at observatories may dip and rise as the Earth’s atmosphere cycles.

The last time that the Earth’s atmosphere contained carbon dioxide at 400 ppm was about four million years ago, approximately 3,988,000 years before humans began to roam the Earth.

When we have Congress-punks who believe the Earth is only 6,000 years old and Jeebus will fly into Cleveland for the Republican Convention on the back of a pterodactyl – it’s hard to grow any hope of governmental response to a situation that grows worse the more we learn. Know nothing-politicians aren’t going to become anything other than do nothing-politicians.

Still, there is hope in some parts of North America that the crusade led by Bernie Sanders will continue beyond the November disaster. Grassroots organizing may return to fashion among the bright and concerned. And real political opposition will stand of chance of becoming a force to reckon with.

I certainly hope so.

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