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Eco-fact Friday: Antarctica's CO2 levels have risen to record levels

One of the last bastions of environmental "purity" has now officially caught up with its more populated continental counterparts. The last place on Earth that hadn't reached record levels of carbon dioxide has now reached it: Antarctica is at 400 parts per million (ppm). Collectively, the world passed the 400ppm threshold for a whole month last year...but now that Antarctica has hit it, we're truly living in a transformed world. Pretty darn scary. And even more remarkable? It's the first time Antarctica has passed that level in 4 million years. "The increase in carbon dioxide is everywhere, even as far away as you can get from civilization," says Pieter Tans, a carbon-monitoring scientist at the Environmental Science Research Laboratory. Most frighteningly, it seems that our planet has reached the threshold of 400ppm permanently. In other words, there's no turning back. This is a profound reminder of how human action (and inaction) has reshaped our planet. From rising sea levels and scorching temperatures, to bleached coral reefs and extreme weather, we've seen nature literally spin out of control over the last decade. All of that being said, we must remember that although some very serious environmental damage has been done, we can't give up. We must all work together to save and protect our common home. Avoid single-use plastic, save water whenever possible, choose reusable snack and beverage containers, invest in an electric vehicle. There are so many ways to be the change we want to see in the world.

Our planet is in peril

As always, reduce, reuse, recycle, and conserve. Small, everyday changes can make a huge difference.

4 comments

Dec 27, 2016 • Posted by Victoria Binkiewicz

Ignorance does not always equal bliss. We’re gonna be feeling our impact more than people care to realize.

Sep 08, 2016 • Posted by Connie

This is scary. Thank you for your continued efforts to bring awareness to the problems our planet is facing and for reminding us that small changes can make a big difference.

Jul 17, 2016 • Posted by Denise H.

This is a shame! We need to continue to raise awareness and educate. We all live on this earth and we all must be a part in the solution to save it!

Jun 27, 2016 • Posted by Donna C

This just feels like a punch in the face. At first your shocked, then you feel the pain then comes tears of sadness.. This sadness will burn in my heart until it stops pumping and loving our earth and seas which includes mankind and all of Our Under the Sea Life

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