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Fri May 6, 2016, 07:53 PM

April 2016 over April 2015 sets the all time monthly record for increases in atmospheric CO2.

According to the data just released at the Mauna Loa website, the increase in the average concentration of the dangerous fossil fuel waste carbon dioxide in the planetary atmosphere in April 2016 is 4.16 ppm higher than it was in April 2015. This is the first instance in the entire history of carbon dioxide measurements at Mauna Loa extending back to 1959 that the determination of a monthly average has exceeded 4.00 pm over the same month of the previous year.

This is, um, disturbing, since 2015 was already the worst year ever observed for carbon dioxide increases over the previous year.

The previous monthly record, 3.76 ppm, was set in February 2016. (March 2016 was "only" the 8th worst such data point ever observed.)

The worst year, 2015 only had two monthly data points that were higher than 3.00, the recent November and December at respectively, 3.03 ppm and 3.07 ppm respectively.

Of 685 such points recording monthly increases over the previous year since the establishment of the Mauna Loa carbon dioxide observatory, only 15 have been higher than 3.00 ppm. Five of these have occurred in the last 6 months. (January 2016, at 2.54 ppm over January 2015, was "only" the 53rd worst such data point ever recorded.

All of our efforts to address climate change - efforts that were never, in fact, serious - have failed, and failed spectacularly.

There has been more effort to attack the world's largest, by far, source of climate change gas free energy, nuclear energy, than there has been to attack dangerous fossil fuels, and the signature of that effort is written plainly, unambiguously, and undeniably in the accelerating degradation of the planetary atmosphere.

This may sound like Schadenfreud, but the heat will cook the just and the unjust alike. Every morning I have to wake up, face my two sons, and reflect on the world my generation is leaving for theirs.

If any of this disturbs you, don't worry, be happy. DONG (Danish Oil and Natural Gas) is "consulting" on the world's largest wind farm.

One may note that all the wind farms built around all the world for all time have done zero, nothing, zilch, nada, bupkis to address climate change, but it's the thought that counts, not results.

And don't forget, they're building a solar roadway in France.

Have a great weekend!

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Fri May 6, 2016, 08:04 PM

1. It is very,

Disturbing and sad because we have known for a very long time now that man made climate change is happening and we have done nothing to curb it. Currently we are at 400+ ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere. The temperature will catch up (as it always has) and this planet will be a very different place.

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Response to deathrind (Reply #1)

Fri May 6, 2016, 08:16 PM

2. We are the Cassandra species

 

Perfectly able to foretell the consequences of our actions, but unable to avoid them.

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