(15 million years ago, atmospheric CO2 levels in the range of 400-500 parts per million produced Antarctic melt resulting in substantial sea level rise. The above image shows the estimated location of the U.S. eastern coastline at the time. Image source: Colorado Geosystems.)
Human beings have never seen atmospheric CO2 values that are so high as they are today. They significantly predate our species — . And weather and climate conditions to which we are not adapted — either as individuals or as a civilization — are well on the way as atmospheric CO2 levels are ramping up into the lower range of those last seen during the Middle Miocene of 14-16 million years ago at 404 parts per million during 2016.
For the first 11 months of the year, 2016 atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations exceeded those of 2015 by an average of 3.45 parts per million. With no sign evident that the pace of increase has slackened — — it now appears that the world is set to experience a 3.3 to 3.5 part per million jump in the atmospheric CO2 measure for this year.
The past two record jumps were . But 2016 now appears set to exceed these two values by a pretty hefty margin.
Such rapid rates of atmospheric carbon dioxide increase are primarily caused by global fossil fuel burning — . And recent reports have found that . This is a heavy insult to the Earth’s climate system. One that is unprecedented for millions of years.
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A 40 metres rise in sea levels, guys. 40 metres! And yet there are still the Trumpistas living in their climate denialist loony-tunes universe who want – Dear God! – to encourage the burning of fossil fuels.