A new record of 400 parts per million in carbon dioxide concentrations globally have reached an unheard of level in a million years, accordng to a data released this week.
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), says the monthly average concentration worldwide of CO2 in March was recognized as the highest since scientists began initiation to track greenhouse gas in the earth’s atmosphere.
“This marks the fact that humans burning fossil fuels have caused global [CO2] concentrations to rise more than 120 parts per million since pre-industrial times,” believed Pieter Tans, NOAA’s Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network lead scientist.
A scientist for the Climate Physics Group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Carmen Boening, observed that, theoretically, this level of certain loftiness was only reached during the Pliocene era, when the temperatures and sea level were higher.
The World Coal Association, says that coal is the current provider of choice at around 30% of the world’s main energy requirements and over 40% of its electricity usage.
However, the world’s biggest consumer, China has a dwindling fossil fuel consumption, falling in 2014 for the first time in 14 years as the country initiated drives to ban coal usage in smog-besieged Beijing by the year 2020.
But, top coal producers, including prominent names like Glencore (LON:GLEN), which is leading in the world as the No. 1 exporter of coal used to propel power stations, have high hopes for the future of coal.
Glencore chief executive Ivan Glasenberg said last month, that governments would fail in attempting to implement drastic measures to bring down CO2 emissions, like forcing miners to keep their reserves on the ground, contending that an increasing demand for cheaper energy alternative would secure the demand for fossil fuels.
NOAA is data gathering for the carbon dioxide concentration globally on air samples taken from 40 locations around the globe, that includes some remote islands.