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Carbon Entering the Atmosphere at Highest Rate Yet

Even if carbon emissions are reaching a "plateau," that still represents an unprecedented amount of the gas entering the atmosphere every year.
March 22, 2017, 11am PDT | Philip Rojc | @PhilipRojc
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While the ideological battles rage on over climate change, an unprecedented amount of carbon dioxide is still flowing into the atmosphere, and it respects no manmade political border.

Chelsea Harvey writes, "According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, carbon dioxide levels jumped by three parts per million in both 2015 and 2016 and now rest at about 405 parts per million."

While there have been reports of a leveling-off in emissions, plateaus aren't exactly canyons or valleys. "And even if these emission levels really are starting to plateau — and it will be years before we can say whether that's actually the case, or whether the recent flattening is just a blip on an otherwise upward trend — they're still evening out at an all-time high, after decades of climbing."

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Published on Monday, March 13, 2017 in The Washington Post
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