CO2 levels accelerating at a "scary" pace

If your outlook on carbon dioxide (CO2) levels weren't bad enough, here's some news to darken your day.

Reuters reports that the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica, a team of scientists from 10 countries, announced in their findings that CO2 levels were rising at an alarming rate.

By examining an ice core - parts of which were formed as long as 800,000 years ago - the scientists were able to determine that the levels of CO2 from about 1000 AD through the early 1800s remained steady at about 280 parts per million by volume (ppmv) of air. Today, we stand at about 380 ppmv. That's a 35 percent increase in just 200 years.

Dr. Eric Wolff, the lead scientist of the group, said that a CO2 rise of 30 ppmv used to take 1,000 years whereas now, we've seen that increase in just the last 17 years. He also stated that measurements of carbon isotopes show the CO2 comes from a fossil source.

[Source: Reuters via MSNBC]

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