Heat-Trapping Gas Levels

Heat-Trapping Gas Levels

Present-day atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide are notably higher than their pre-industrial averages of 280, 0.7, and 0.27 parts per million (ppm) by volume, respectively (left). Air sampling data from 1958 to 2013 show long-term increases due to human activities as well as short-term variations due to natural biogeochemical processes and seasonal vegetation growth (right). (Figure sources: (left) Forster et al. 2007f2b357c2-f4ae-4868-a058-e48fbdbb1303; (right) Scripps Institution of Oceanography and NOAA Earth Systems Research Laboratory).

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Observations, Carbon Cycle