Leader of Keeling Curve measurement says temporary bump from El Niño could push atmospheric CO2 levels above symbolic threshold for good
Repost of April 2013 entry The Mauna Loa carbon dioxide (CO2) record, also known as the “Keeling Curve,” is the world’s longest unbroken record of atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations.
The rate of growth in carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere has accelerated since the beginnings of the Keeling Curve.
Scientists make CO2 measurements in remote locations to obtain air that is representative of a large volume of Earth’s atmosphere and relatively free from local influences that could skew readings.
Could hit 400 parts per million in January
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, Geochemist Ralph Keeling is interviewed for the video series “Climate Changers: Hot Lessons and Cool Solutions.”
So we’ve reached 400 ppm.… Now what happens?
Some aspects of CO2 analysis require old-school methods
The farther north a CO2 reading is made, the wider it swings with the seasons
This 2008 film made for the 50th anniversary of the Keeling Curve features interview footage with the measurement’s creator Charles David Keeling originally filmed for the 2004 Finnish documentary “The Venus Theory.”