Looked at the bullet we’d
Hoped we had ducked
Argue no longer for
Carbon’s new record means
Humans are fucked.
Yup. Carbon Dioxide levels in the atmosphere are higher they have been in the history of humankind. The highest in over
six thousand three million years. The New York Times reports:
The best available evidence suggests the amount of the gas in the air has not been this high for at least three million years, before humans evolved, and scientists believe the rise portends large changes in the climate and the level of the sea.
“It symbolizes that so far we have failed miserably in tackling this problem,” said Pieter P. Tans, who runs the monitoring program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that reported the new reading.
While some groups have short-term economic reasons for denying reality, the truth is…
Carbon dioxide rises and falls on a seasonal cycle and the level will dip below 400 this summer, as leaf growth in the Northern Hemisphere pulls about 10 billion tons of carbon out of the air. But experts say that will be a brief reprieve — the moment is approaching when no measurement of the ambient air anywhere on earth, in any season, will produce a reading below 400.
“It feels like the inevitable march toward disaster,” said Maureen E. Raymo, a Columbia University earth scientist.
Or as I put it above… humans are fucked. Read the article… and not for nothing, this month is bike-to-work month.