Greenhouse gases hit record levels

Greenhouse gases hit record levels

The UN’s weather agency has said that concentrations of greenhouse gases have hit record levels.

The AP reported the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) as saying that heat-trapping carbon dioxide concentrations in the air have reached 389 parts per million – the highest such concentrations since the start of the industrial era in 1750, and exceeding scientists’ worst-case scenarios. According to the WMO, this reflects a 20% increase in nitrous oxide, 39% rise in CO2 and 158% jump in methane in the past 260 years.

The body blamed fossil fuel-burning, deforestation and use of fertilisers as main culprits.

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