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El Nino Has Pushed the Earth Past a Major Climate Milestone

Jun 14, 2016  •  Post A Comment

Planet Earth has just passed a major climate milestone, and we have “the monster El Nino of 2015-2016” to thank for it, Gizmodo reports.

While El Nino is reportedly over now, “scientists are still coming to terms with its impacts on the planet,” the story reports. “Among those impacts: charging up the global carbon cycle and pushing atmospheric CO2 levels above 400 parts per million (ppm) for an entire year — a first in human history.”

Baseline carbon levels, which are monitored at the Mauna Loa Climate Observatory, have been climbing by about 2.1 ppm annually, fueled in large part by fossil carbons emitted by cars and factories, the report notes.

“This past year was special,” the story adds. “As Gizmodo reported in March, carbon concentrations at Mauna Loa rose 3.76 ppm between February 2015 and February 2016; the single largest jump in recorded history. The previous record rise, of 2.82 ppm, occurred during the 1997-1998 El Nino. In both cases, scientists believe that emissions spiked due to a combination of warming and drying in the tropics, which can accelerate soil carbon decomposition, and large, drought-fueled fires.”

3 Comments

  1. Not only do we have to reign in “Anthropogenic Climate Change” now we have to find a way to bend that darned old “El-Nino” to our will.

  2. “First time in human history”? I didn’t know that the Roman Empire tracked such things. It must be real, run for cover!

  3. Age of earth = 5.4 BILLION years
    Recorded human history of temperature readings = (actual) 400 years; (derived from model) 1,000 years.

    So even using the generous 1,000 years – we have no idea what was or is NORMAL over the majority of the earth’s existence. We might be getting out of a billion year cold snap!

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