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UN: Global concentration of carbon dioxide in atmosphere reached record high

UN: Global concentration of carbon dioxide in atmosphere reached record highThe UN’s World Meteorological Organization said Monday that heat-trapping gases in Earth’s atmosphere are growing faster than ever before, with carbon dioxide surging permanently beyond a troubling milestone.

The agency said the global concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached a record high. The levels first reached 400 parts per million last year, but 2016 is expected to be the first full year to exceed the mark.

The levels are expected to stay above that symbolic 400 milestone for generations to come, the UN report said.

Carbon dioxide levels rise because of the burning of fossil fuels and were intensified last year by the El Nino, a weather pattern caused by the warming of the Pacific Ocean, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
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