Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere reach record high

12th Apr, 2021

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Smoke rises from a factory as a truck loaded with cars crosses a bridge in Paris. Photograph: Michel Euler/AP

Concentrations of climate-warming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have hit record highs, despite a dip in emissions during the Covid pandemic, scientists have said. The latest measurements from the long-running recording station at Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii, show global levels of carbon dioxide are 50% above what they were when the Industrial Revolution began in Britain.

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