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Mar
01

We truly are a force to be reckoned with

The current pace of emission has no corollary in the geological record. Based on best observations, the fastest CO2 increases in the past were during either the PETM extinction event of 55 million years ago or the Permian Extinction, or Great Dying, of 250 million years ago. During these periods, rapid rates of CO2 increase were observed at about .35 parts per million each year. The current pace is now six or seven times that seen during these dangerous geological epochs and expected rates of CO2 increase during this century could exceed 20 times that seen in the record.

CO2 Continues Dangerous Rise, Hits 400.2 Parts Per Million in Late February
(Daily and hourly CO2 readings at the Mauna Loa Observatory from February 20 to 26. Image source: The Keeling Curve.) More than two months before typical annual maximum in late May or early June, g…

2 comments

  1. Theo Fenraven
    Theo Fenraven says:

    "We truly are a force to be reckoned with."

    Not for long.

  2. George Pavloff
    George Pavloff says:

    And then there are those who ignore all the other theories for mass extinctions. The comic strip Pogo had many solutions:

    "Y'see, when you start to lick a national problem you have to go after the fundamentables. You want to cut down air pollution? Cut down the original source. Breathin! (Churchy to Howland) "
    Walt Kelly

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