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Carbon Dioxide Trends: Going Up and Up

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http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/trends/index.html#global

If you want to keep an eye on how the global CO2 levels are doing, this is probably the place to do it. You can see that the levels are increasing at a greater rate despite a global economic slow–down. I’d be speculating, but if the oceans are not absorbing CO2 as readily and more sequestered CO2 is being released from melting permafrost and deforestation, that might explain some of the increase. If that’s the case, then we can expect to see CO2 levels accelerate.

The historical trend can also be seen here:

http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/trends/co2_data_mlo.html

Note that the historical chart is from the Mauna Loa Observatory data only, rather than the global mean as above.

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April 13, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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