According to Science News, carbon dioxide levels will hit a record high in 2020 despite lockdown

If you thought the coronavirus lockdowns were having a tremendous positive impact on the climate, scientists have bad news for you. According to the latest measurements, carbon dioxide levels have reached record highs during the pandemic.

According to the latest measurements at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, global carbon dioxide levels rose alarmingly and are almost 50 percent higher than at the beginning of the industrial revolution in Great Britain.

Atmospheric concentrations of the greenhouse gas hit a new record high in March, nearing 417.14 ppm, according to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.

In addition, the UK’s Met Office has predicted that monthly carbon dioxide levels will peak at almost 419.5 ppm in 2021, up from 417.10 ppm in May 2020.

Authorities have also warned that this year’s average forecast may be 416.3ppm, while the 2020 average was 413.94ppm.

Increases in carbon dioxide levels were mainly caused by human activities such as deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels. While the 2020 lockdown may have helped a bit, it wasn’t enough to stop the major effects of carbon dioxide formation in the atmosphere.

“The emissions may have been reduced, but we are still emitting a lot of carbon dioxide, and so the atmospheric concentration will inevitably rise – and will continue to do so until we get close to zero,” said Prof. Martin Siegert at The Grantham Institute, Imperial College London told The Guardian.

“Our path to net zero is obvious, challenging and necessary – and we urgently need to continue the transition.

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