16 Nov '11, 6pm

Animated graph puts recent CO2 burst in revealing 800,000-year context: @dotearth

To my eye, this animated graph, produced by the federal Earth Systems Research Laboratory , is one of the best attempts to put the recent human-driven surge in carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere into long-term context: This version, posted on my YouTube channel, trims the initial rise to get to the visual take-home point. Here’s the full animation from the earth systems lab, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. An even more comprehensive version including shifts in related parameters has been posted on the administration’s Carbon Tracker YouTube channel . The agency also recently released the latest update of its greenhouse gas index , which distills the full heating influence of all human-generated greenhouse gases down to a single number. When all greenhouse gases are considered together, the agency calculates that the human ...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/16/co2-on-the-u...

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