CO2 lev­els grew at record rate in 2016, says UN agency

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The United Na­tions’ weather agency is warn­ing that car­bon-diox­ide con­cen­tra­tions in the at­mos­phere in­creased at record-break­ing speed last year.

World Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Or­ga­ni­za­tion Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Pet­teri Taalas says rapid cuts to CO2 and other green­house gases are needed to avoid “dan­ger­ous tem­per­a­ture in­creases” by 2100 that would far sur­pass tar­gets set in the Paris cli­mate ac­cord.

Taalas says “we are actu- ally mov­ing in the wrong di­rec­tion.”

The lat­est WMO Green­house Gas Bulletin re­leased Mon­day says a strong El Nino and hu­man ac­tiv­ity contributed to an in­crease of CO2 con­cen­tra­tions to 403.3 parts per mil­lion last year, up from 400 in 2015.

WMO says the re­port breaks ground by show­ing the “global pic­ture” on car­bon lev­els. It hopes that will con­trib­ute to de­bate at a ma­jor cli­mate con­fer­ence in Bonn, Ger­many, start­ing next week.

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