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As worlds' economies show upturn from recession lows there is some unwelcome news for the Earth.

Carbon dioxide levels jumped by 2.67 parts per million since 2011 to total just under 395 parts per million, says Pieter Tans, who leads the greenhouse gas measurement team for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

That's the second highest rise in carbon emissions since record-keeping began in 1959. The measurements are taken from air samples captured away from civilization near a volcano in Mauna Loa, Hawaii.

In 2009, the worlds nations agreed on a voluntary goal of limiting global warming to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit over pre-industrial temperature levels. Since the mid-1800s temperatures have already risen about 1.5 degrees. Current pollution trends translate to another 2.5 to 4.5 degrees of warming within the next several decades.

Climate Scientist, James Hansen has said that a 2C degree increase is too much and is "a recipe for disaster".

Scientists track carbon pollution both by monitoring what comes out of factories and what winds up in the atmosphere. Both are rising at rates faster than worst-case scenarios that climate scientists used in their most recent international projections, according to Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Michael Mann.

Originally posted to beach babe in fl on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 01:52 PM PST.

Also republished by Climate Hawks, Climate Change SOS, and DK GreenRoots.

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