Global warming, melting glaciers, rising oceans—the planet is experiencing a warming trend linked to the abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago. NASA reports that the current warming trend “is of particular significance because most of it is very likely human-induced and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented in the past 1,300 years.”
NASA and its partner institutions have been able to study and record the levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide going back 650,000 years. This chart, provided by the NOAA, indicates the rise of carbon dioxide levels since 1950, and represents the dramatic increase in carbon dioxide emissions since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.
For more details about this chart and environmental data, click here.
For more updates, data, and information about climate changes on our planet, click on NASA’s Eye on the Earth.