World Meteorological Organization: Atmospheric CO2 surged to record high in 2016
Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations set new records in 2016. According to a new report by the World Meteorological Organization, CO2 levels reached 403.3 parts per million in 2016, up from a high of 400 ppm in 2015. An increase in atmospheric CO2 levels isn't new, but last year's rise was 50 percent larger than the average increase during the last decade. The dramatic increase was caused by a combination of human activities and an especially strong El Niño climate pattern.
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