Carbon dioxide concentrations seem to be rising higher than ever this year. But recently you may notice a drop in the pollution levels of the air. This is mainly because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, due to which the entire world went into lockdown. However, you don’t need to rejoice right now. This is in no way an indication to a sudden halt in climate change. As a matter of fact, the levels of Carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is at an all-time 23 million years high.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has brought many economies all around the world to a standstill. But, still, the atmosphere currently reads a rating of 417 ppm in the month of May. This is almost 2.4 parts per million higher than the 414.6 ppm registered during 2019. The Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii analyzes all such readings before concluding to a result.
Coronavirus Lockdown 2020: Global Warming
The surprising numbers were made official by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography analyzed the data provided. The buildup of carbon dioxide concentration is like a dump yard. It just keeps piling up. The current global lockdown conditions may have slowed the crisis, but it is not perceivable from Mauna Loa.
418.32 ppm #CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere on June 1 2020 🏆📈🏆 HIGHEST-EVER DAILY AVERAGE CO2 LEVEL AT MAUNA LOA–IN MILLIONS OF YEARS 🏆📈🏆 Up from 414.14 ppm 1 year ago | Track https://t.co/DpFGQoH37B records at: https://t.co/YU3HoJXNFA | #NOAA data: https://t.co/MZIEpig97P pic.twitter.com/cQwQgxsqmV
— CO2_Earth (@CO2_earth) June 2, 2020
The trajectory that these organizations will decide, will matter the most. Daily emissions of CO2 were cut by an average of 17% worldwide in early April, but as COVID-19 lockdowns eased, the fall in emissions for the year as a whole is likely to be only between 4% and 7% compared to 2019.
It turns out that the ongoing lockdown period did not do much in order to control global warming and climate change. Let us know what you think of this in the comments section below! Also, don’t forget to join us on our Telegram Channel for more such latest updates and discussions.
Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.