Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016

Source: BBC News

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Image captionEmissions from human activities have levelled off but concentrations in the atmosphere continue to grow

Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Last year’s increase was 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years.

Researchers say a combination of human activities and the El Niño weather phenomenon drove CO2 to a level not seen in 800,000 years.

Scientists say this risks making global temperature targets largely unattainable.

 

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