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            As you may know, we live in a period of time where we are facing Global Warming, or climate change. Global warming is caused by greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, that build up in the atmosphere, let sunlight in, but trap some of the sun's heat from escaping back into space. CO2 levels can be viewed on the widget below, provided by co2now.org, a solar-powered website that provides CO2 level measurements in a comparison of the current month in other years. Naturally, CO2 levels should not be higher than 300 parts per million (ppm). We've taken the level over that by burning fossil fuels and wood. We are now seeing the effects of global warming in the real world that many of you can relate to. The flooding in Asia, all the wildfires in Russia and their record of 100 degrees in Moscow, and two of the driest and hottest years for the US in 2010 and 2012.

Atmospheric CO2 has exceeded 400 ppm, for the first time in the last 2.5 million years, on May 10, 2013, and has again for the first time in 2014 on March 12. April is expected to have a monthly average above 400 ppm. Continued CO2 emissions above this level are going to have serious consequences, and undoing the damage caused by these emissions will be increasingly difficult, if not impossible.

Photosynthesis (occurs in plants)
 
6 CO2 molecules + 6 H2O molecules yields 1 sugar molecule and 6 O2 molecules.

Respiration (occurs in animals)
 
6 O2 molecules + 1 sugar molecule yields 6 CO2 molecules + 6 H2O molecules

   

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Current chart and data for atmospheric CO2

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