Earth’s greenhouse gases reach record highs

Earth’s greenhouse gases reach record highs

November 23, 2009

The Associated Press

Greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere reached record highs in 2008,

with carbon dioxide levels increasing faster than previously, the UN

weather agency (World Meteropogical Agancy) said Monday in Geneva.

Carbon dioxide — the main greenhouse gas in the atmosphere — was 385.2

parts per million in 2008, up two parts per million from 2007, the

report said.

The CO2 content in the atmosphere rose slightly faster in 2008 than over

the last decade when the growth rate was 1.9 parts per million,

Since 1750, CO2 has increased 38 per cent, nitrous oxide 19 per cent and

methane 157 per cent, according to WMO.


~ by Cory Morningstar on November 24, 2009.

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