How much carbon dioxide (CO2) is there in the atmosphere? 🤔 We’re glad you asked! 🙌
4️⃣1️⃣8️⃣ ppm = CO2 concentration in 2022
2️⃣9️⃣6️⃣ ppm = CO2 concentration in 1900
(ppm = parts per million)
CO2 levels have fluctuated over the lifetime of planet earth, but over the last few hundred years, levels were stable and below 300 ppm. The industrial revolution brought about a need for fuel and energy, the majority of which has come from fossil fuels. When fossil fuels are burned, CO2 is released into the atmosphere. They then trap heat and lead to climate change. Today, a variety of processes contribute to greenhouse gas production including farming (if not regenerative or organic) and animal agriculture, among others.
3️⃣5️⃣0️⃣ ⬇️ ppm = CO2 concentration for a stable climate
4️⃣5️⃣0️⃣ ppm = CO2 concentration where temperatures rise above 1.5C
The data shows that if we want a stable climate, we need to be at 350 ppm or below. This means we’ll not only need to reduce CO2 production, we’ll need to also remove it.
⭐ So, 2 questions for you: ⭐
1) Do you know how much CO2 do you emit on an annual basis and how you can reduce?
2) Do you know what types of carbon removal solutions are out there?
👉For question 1, if you need somewhere to start, take our 2 min carbon footprint quiz: https://clevercarbon.io/quiz/ Share your badge and the quiz while you’re at it 😉
👉For question 2, do a web search.
Learn about the different types of carbon removal solutions. An Important consideration is scale, meaning solutions that can remove gigatonnes (1000 kg = 1 tonne, 1,000,000 tonne = 1 gigatonne) of CO2. It is estimated that there are currently 3,200 gigatonnes of CO2 in the atmosphere and each year, we add about net 20 gigatonnes more.