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Greenhouse gases hit another record high in 2018, UN agency says

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have hit a record high again in 2018. The intergovernmental organization disclosed the news on Monday.

The latest Greenhouse Gas Bulletin showed that the carbon dioxide concentrations have hit 407.8 parts per million(ppm) last year compared to 405.5 ppm in 2017. The increase in the CO2 content is more than 47% higher than those in the pre-industrial revolution days back in 1750.

 The atmospheric methane also rose last year while nitrous oxide hit 331.1 ppb in 2018. According to data, the new levels of methane as compared to the pre-industrial revolution days had more than doubled. The concentrations of nitrous oxide component have increased by more than 23% in the air.

As per the latest bulletin, this was due to the rise in the combustion of fossil fuels which is quite evident. The COP25 climate summit is to be held in Madrid and the new data will help the representatives of the member countries to take adequate steps to move to cleaner sources of fuel and make some policies to reduce the carbon footprint.

The rise in the concentrations of toxic gases in air is linked to degradations of the environment and atmosphere in various ways like air pollution, global warming, and ozone layer depletion. The rise in toxic gases is causing people to suffer more respiratory diseases and skin infections and diseases. The global increase in the number of cancer patients is also somewhat responsible for this.

The global body says that the more concerning news is that there seems to be no sign of slowdown let alone decline in the greenhouse gas concentration levels. The rise in the concentration of these toxic gases is still happening despite the commitments of the member countries who signed a treaty under the Paris Agreement on Climatic Change.

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