Article #65 Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels: A Global Context Examined

The Carbon Cycle on Earth is has changed more on the planet since 1750 than it has in 150 million years. Extraction of raw minerals creates the pollution that disrupts the all-important cycle while trees give oxygen back into the environment, these processes realease Carbon Dioxide which is powerful enough to potentially destroy man.

It is no secret that climate change and rising Carbon Dioxide levels are interrelated, this problem has continued to increase dramatically in recent decades. All of this extra Carbon Dioxide has to go somewhere other than inside planets and our oceans.

During 2011 about 45% of all carbon Dioxide produced from Greenhouse Gas emissions is in the Earth’s atmosphere, while the other 55% is stored in the oceans and plants across the globe. NASA experts believe that eventually 20% of all Carbon Dioxide ever produced on Earth will end up in the planet’s atmosphere for thousands of years.

It is very important for scientists to closely monitor these levels because of the extensive damage it is causing on our planet.

Plants absorb Carbon Dioxide and release Oxygen and because of this the Amazon Rainforest is often called the lungs of our planet.

This animation is a super computer model of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere over a 1 year period in 2006. Carbon dioxide is the most crucial gas produced by human activity; about half of the carbon dioxide emitted from fossil fuel combustion remains in the atmosphere while the other half is absorbed by the land and our oceans. (Animation Credit: NASA Goddard via Youtube)


This graph measures the planet’s average carbon dioxide levels from 2005 to present day. The rise of 30ppm of carbon dioxide may seem insignificant but this is quite a drastic increase in just 12 years. (Graph Credit: NOAA via NASA Global Climate Change Website)
Above is a summary map of existing, emerging and potential regional, national and subnational carbon pricing initiatives (ETS and carbon tax). (Photo Credit: Meike Naumann; World Bank; Ecofys; Vivid Economics via Wikimedia Commons)