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Levels of atmospheric CO2 continue to set disconcerting records as the month of May tops out as with the highest average peak in recorded history.
According to the NOAA, levels of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere recorded at NOAA's Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory have hit their highest seasonal peak in the observatory's 61 years on record, climbing to 414.7 parts per million.
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'It's critically important to have these accurate, long-term measurements of CO2 in order to understand how quickly fossil fuel pollution is changing our climate,' said Pieter Tans, senior scientist with NOAA's Global Monitoring Division.
'These are measurements of the real atmosphere. They do not depend on any models, but they help us verify climate model projections, which if anything, have underestimated the rapid pace of climate change being observed.'
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The precedent comes as part of an upward trend of seven consecutive years in which the observatory has recorded steep rises.
While early years at Mauna Loa, which sits atop a volcano in Hawaii, saw annual increases of about .7 parts per million, throughout the last decade that rate has jumped to about 2.2 parts per million every year.
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Monthly values breached 400 parts per million for the first time just five years ago. Just Last month, levels quietly hit 415 parts per million for the first in human history.
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