As Donald Trump seeks to revive the coal industry and accelerate oil drilling even on precious national monuments, the world loses its battle against carbon dioxide emissions.
The Earth crossed another threshold on April 18 - 410 parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere, recorded for the first time at Hawaii's Mauna Loa Observatory, according to a Salon article that first appeared on Grist. The world first reached what was then considered the absolute crisis level of 400 ppm in 2013, and now that's the norm, the article says.
In the pre-industrial age, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere stayed at 280 ppm. But since the onset of coal-burning machines and petroleum-fueled transportation and heating, the CO2 number has been rising steadily, resulting in higher global temperatures and climate change.
The 350 organization seeks to cut the CO2 level to what it sees as a relatively safe 350 ppm by reducing emissions. More and more, as people continue to drive cars, travel in airplanes and drill for oil, that appears an impossible quest, one that must be undertaken soon.