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Why is carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increasing?


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Answered 2012-11-27 00:12:20

The burning of fossil fuel (coal, oil and natural gas), as well as deforestation.

Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere remained relatively constant in the range 260-280 parts per million (ppm) over long periods before the Industrial Revolution, falling as low as 180 ppm during periods associated with the Ice Ages, but never rising above 280 pp.

Since the Industrial Revolution, and particularly since about 1970. carbon dioxide levels have risen rapidly, to reach their current level of over 390 ppm. This is the result of human activity, mainly from burning fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) but also from deforestation and cement manufacture.

Almost every reputable scientist ties the increase in man made (or generated) carbon dioxide to the increased retention of heat in the Earth's atmosphere which is causing accelerated climate change.

A:Because factories are putting it out and cars and trucks are run on gasoline. A:The single largest factor for increasing atmospheric CO2 is the burning of fossil fuel. Human beings release 30 billion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year from fossil sources. Over the decades this has lead to an increase from 280 parts per million to now over 390 ppm of CO2.
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