Climate change unstoppable after carbon levels pass point of no return

The end of the world as we know it?

Earth from space
Earth from space Image Getty/NASA

The earth’s climate change problems just got a whole lot worse, after atmospheric carbon levels passed the point of no return.

It’s been revealed that carbon levels won’t reach environmentally friendly levels “ever again for the indefinite future”, and it’s seriously bad news for the planet.

According to scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, carbon levels failed to dip below 400 parts per million at any stage in 2016.

Scientists have been warning us about the milestone for years now, and we’ve now passed the tipping point for good.

The facts about the new carbon levels make for scary reading, especially considering the fact that the Nature Conservancy predicts a quarter of the Earth’s species could be more or less extinct by 2050.

NASA’s chief climate scientist Gavin Schmidt also told Climate Central: “In my opinion, we won’t ever see a month below 400 ppm.

“We’re living in a 400 ppm world. Even if the world stopped emitting carbon dioxide tomorrow, what has already put in the atmosphere will linger for many decades to come,” he added.

Sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but it’s basically the end of the world as we know it.

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Loaded staff writer Harry Fletcher has covered news, sport and entertainment for several major websites across the UK. Follow him on Twitter at @Harry__Fletcher.