Check Of CO2 Levels Reveals No Stabilization In Sight
Sunday February 10th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing post will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials).😉
About once every six months I report on current CO2 levels in the atmosphere and see if there are any noticeable change in trends. Ever since I’ve been doing this starting in early 2017, which I must admit has not been that long, levels have increased by somewhere between 1.5-3.0 parts per million. It’s sad to report that as of yesterday there has been no real change I’m getting my data for today here:
Mauna Loa Observatory | Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations
February 9, 2019||414.27 ppm||Scripps|
|February 9, 2018||
daily mean concentrations | ppm = parts per million
The change of over 5 parts per million from 2018 to 2019 is eye opening.
- One Week
- One Month
- Six Months
- One Year
- Two Years
- Full Record
- 10,000 years
- 800,000 years
The above chart and links show the Scripps full records. The charts below are from NOAA.
Up-to-date weekly average CO2 at Mauna Loa
|Week beginning on February 3, 2019:||411.63 ppm|
|Weekly value from 1 year ago:||407.81 ppm|
|Weekly value from 10 years ago:||386.99 ppm|
Last updated: February 10, 2019
So, after this little carbon checkup we see an increase of anywhere from about 4-5 parts per million over last year. That’s a rise from what I usually see of 2-3 parts per million.
Now I will briefly get on my soapbox. Is there any wonder why the old Climate Guy can read, at times, as so very pessimistic? My perception with green energy is that once it comes online it’s not conserved. An ever growing population around the planet continues to crave more electricity due to a very popular, high tech western lifestyle.
I promised my readers that I am not going to proverbially throw in the towel until after 2019 is done, staying positive until the end of the year. I may live another 30 years, but I do not expect CO2 levels to go down. Hopefully and with some very hard work the rate of change from year to year will flatten, however. If I get a small glimmer of hope, which indicates that the Paris Accords and other measures will have a substantial effect, I hope to stay positive into the 2020s like some world famous climate scientists such as Dr. Michael Mann.
Psychologically 2019 is going to be a wild ride for me in association with the climate issue. Well, get on board and see exactly how many twists and turns we encounter on this blog site. Let’s keep sane, though.
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