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The level of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the is now at a record high. An American weather in Hawaii recorded the new high on the 9th of May. It found CO2 levels were at 400 per million (ppm). The last time CO2 was at this level was five years ago. This was when there were no on the Earth. Scientists say the 400ppm level is a sign. They say we must do more to stop this number getting . However, scientist James Butler said he thought CO2 levels would keep . He warned: "In eight to nine years, we will probably have the last CO2 reading under 400ppm.” He told reporters that at the South Pole, CO2 would be above 400ppm.

Carbon dioxide is one of the that create global . Just one CO2 can stay in the atmosphere for hundreds of years. Pieter Tans, one of the scientists measuring CO2 levels, said human is making the Earth warmer. He said that, "the burning of coal, oil, and natural gas is driving the acceleration". He pointed that 300 years ago, CO2 levels were 280ppm. He added that 800,000 years ago, they were at 180ppm. Another scientist, Dr Ralph Keeling, that CO2 is warming the Earth to levels. He is worried about arctic ice melting, causing sea levels to . This will put billions of people danger. He said: “It takes a long time to melt ice, but we’re doing it. It’s scary.”

 


 
 

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