Mauna Loa hits 400 PPM of CO2, alarmists wail and gnash teeth, Earth survives

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Source: http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/trends/weekly.html

Al Gore calls for a day of prayer and reflection, and bothering your neighbor:

So please, take this day and the milestone it represents to reflect on the fragility of our civilization and and the planetary ecosystem on which it depends. Rededicate yourself to the task of saving our future. Talk to your neighbors, call your legislator, let your voice be heard. We must take immediate action to solve this crisis. Not tomorrow, not next week, not next year. Now.

Scientific American laments the plants

This measurement is just the hourly average of CO2 levels high in the Hawaiian sky, but this family’s figures carry more weight than those made at other stations in the world as they have faithfully kept the longest record of atmospheric CO2. Arctic weather stations also hit the hourly 400 ppm mark last spring and this one. Regardless, the hourly levels at Mauna Loa will soon drop as spring kicks in across the northern hemisphere, trees budding forth an army of leaves hungrily sucking CO2 out of the sky.

In the coming year, Scientific American will run an occasional series, “400 ppm,” to examine what this invisible line in the sky means for the global climate, the planet and all the living things on it, including human civilization.

Sorry, we already beat you to it when it comes to summing up what it means:

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Since the world hasn’t ended (just like what happened with Y2K) we can now go forward from here.

T-shirts saying “I survived 400 PPM” will be made available if there’s enough interest in comments.

UPDATE: T-shirts now available due to popular demand. See here:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/05/11/the-400-ppm-fud-factory-t-shirts-now-available/

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Richard Howes

Sign me up for a tee!

Pat

Not too late for Bill McKibben to lay claim to 450.org and 500.org.

John Tillman

Global temperature down; CO2 up.
That’s why the tax-grubbing scaremongers are now called catastrophic anthropomorphic “climate change” alarmists (CACCA) instead of CA “global warming” advocates, which isn’t as catchy.

milodonharlani

How about smearing chloroplast-bearing cyanobacteria in an attractive blue-green slime across our roofs instead of PV cells? Just add water.

Lawrence Livermore “Fact Sheet” on Co2:

Carbon dioxide is necessary to sustain life in concentrations of about 0.04 percent of the earth’s atmosphere…

They go on to repeat boilerplate about the theorized danger of too much Co2, but being near the lower bound of what we need is far from having too much.

Peter Miller

“And everyone will remember the day when CO2 passed 400ppm.” Yeah, right.
As non-events go, it’s right up there with George Washington’s best friend’s cousin’s birthday.

leon0112

I want a tee.

GeeJam

400 parts per million . . . . jeez, that’s 0.04% of the atmosphere.
Does this mean that someone will announce that 99.96% of the atmosphere is not CO2?

David

Not tomorrow, not next week, not next year. Now
Aren’t you supposed to go from largest to smallest when you use this type of “pleading, wake up people” expression. In other words, “Not next year, not next week, not tomorrow. Now!”. He might as well have stopped with “Not tomorrow” since that also covers next week and next year.
I’m sure lots of people have seen the graphic that shows the earth, and shows all the water on the earth, depicted as a ball. Could we have one like that for CO2?

Does anyone actually think Al Gore believes what he says or is he delusional?

Don

Definitely need a tee.

Bob Diaz

IF plants could think and feel, I’m sure they would be upset that we’re a long way from their ideal point of 1,000 to 2,000 PPM. ;-))

There must be a party somewhere celebrating a trace gas becoming “more trace”. I’ll hoist a cup of grog tonight in honor of that party.

Mike M

Simple, the whole controversy was spawned by computer models so the concentration ought to be in hexadecimal which is only 189 per parts per F0000

Mike M

(Didn’t Anthony promise us an edit button a while back?)
REPLY: No, never. Not possible when hosted on wordpress.com as I have explained many many many times. – Anthony

G P Hanner

One more time, folks: Mauna Loa IS an active volcano. Why should carbon dioxide or any other volcanic gas be a surprise in just about any concentration? The wind blows like Billy-O (to use a Brit expression) most days. And Mauna Loa pumps out a lot of volcanic gases.
And just downslop a tad, Kilauea is in quite a stir and has been erupting since January 1983.

MarkN

I’d like a tee, please, with said text and a cuddly polar bear graphic.

GeeJam

Oh and one other thing. Of the 0.04% of the total atmosphere being CO2 (400 ppm), 96.775% of this total 400 ppm is still naturally occurring. No change. Still the same.
Why does this totally insignificant 3.225% man-made contribution of atmospheric CO2 continue to make Al Gore rant “Action to solve this crisis. Not tomorrow, not next week, not next year. Now.”

jc

This people are not just idiots. They are retarded.
It is beyond their capacity to see that trying to generate fear and loathing over a number that is a complete abstraction to virtually everyone on the planet, including “decision makers”, not only will fail, it will consolidate their image as manipulators and cranks.
Quite apart from the fact that Armageddon has already supposedly been triggered by the previously ominous and devastating figure of 350.

Boblo

Does the dog need a home?

theOtherJohninCalif

We can laugh, but the fact is that this lends support to AGW alarmism. We hear everywhere (and it seems constantly) that 2010 was the hottest year in the last 150 (with implications that it was the hottest EVER). Many of us don’t deny that information, as we are still recovering from the LIA. While a few organizations are looking for the missing heat, they are looking for the upper extremes the models predicted. The theme has not changed: temperatures are still rising with no end in sight, and potentially will hit that ‘tipping point’ soon where it will run away. It’s not just climate change – it is still global warming. The target is city folk, who have no idea what a plant needs to grow, and that jungles are lush because they are hot. (They are also humid, of course, but so is the Pacific Northwest, and it is no jungle.)
It is not just the ignorant, however. I have many friends with advanced scientific degrees and no ties to AGW funding who are convinced that the planet is indeed in a warming spiral. They are quick to point out that if solar activity is declining, and the temperatures are still rising, there is a problem, and thank God the sun is quiet or the models would probably be indicating far less than the actual temperatures.
We do need to maintain skepticism – not only about AGW, but toward some of the posts here. Some of the references don’t seem to support the theme, and followups by the referenced organization frequently state data was taken out of context, or was premature. Those are valid comments.

davidmhoffer

Y2K? That seems pretty light. I suppose the younger folks might not relate to all the disasters their elders have survived. If memory serves, I’ve survived (so far)
Impending Ice Age
Ozone Depletion
Acid Rain
Toxic Rain
Y2K
Bird Flu
Swine Flu
Global Economic Collapse (fossil fuel depletion)
Global Starvation (population exceeding food supply)
Impending Warm Age
I wonder if it is a cycle of some sort? Does Impending Warm Age get followed directly by Impending Ice Age? Perhaps the tee shirt should be in a circle with dates for each and ending in an arrow pointing back to the start?

jc

The plaintive (“fragility”) language and inward-looking appeals to “go out” with the DEMAND of the faithful to act, rather than the confidence to think they will, being carried by the tide of history and common cause, tells all about the current internal workings of the organism known as ALGORE.

shepherdfj

I can never understand why a reading of CO2 from Hawaii is so significant due to the smouldering volcano there which surely spews off some CO2 from time to time. Hmmm, I wonder if the question is rhetorical.

With this volcanic activity why does Hawaii bother
with wind generation?
Alfred

Mike M says:
May 10, 2013 at 11:08 am

Simple, the whole controversy was spawned by computer models so the concentration ought to be in hexadecimal which is only 189 per parts per F0000

Or if you start with hex 0x1000000, 0.04% of that gives 0x1A36 per 0x1000000. No promises on the math, but I think I got it right.

mwhite
Alex

So, this is a clear sign of the fragility of the climate models – 400 ppm and no warming? If they had any sense alarmists would shut up in shame.

shepherdfj says:
May 10, 2013 at 11:27 am

I can never understand why a reading of CO2 from Hawaii is so significant due to the smouldering volcano there which surely spews off some CO2 from time to time. Hmmm, I wonder if the question is rhetorical.

Just pick times when the wind isn’t blowing CO2 to the collector. The staff are not dummies.
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/06/04/under-the-volcano-over-the-volcano/

R. Shearer

Plant your garden, knowing CO2 will make its chakra strong.

First time in 3 million years CO2 > 400ppm all over BBC news.
Just taken the top off a bottle of Newcy Brown in respect, promise that I will restrict the outgassing of CO2 by consuming with vigour, cheers all.

Chris4692

Has it been studied how representative Mauna Loa is of the CO2 of the atmosphere globally?
Wondering if that is established or just assumed. It would seem to be of some importance to a theory that attaches great significance to the level of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Bruce Cobb

Publicly, they wail, gnash teeth, and rent their clothing. Privately, of course, it’s high-fives all around and party time, because they figure this will give them added ammunition (which it will), which they so desperately need the rushing onslaught of truth, actual science, and rationality.
Hold steady. Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes.

Lew Skannen

I’d be interested in a t-shirt but I am worried that the planet might explode in flames before I received it.

True greens will rejoice, while phoney and ignorant will shed a crocodile tear, while they feast on the fruits of the CO2’s abundance.

Peter B

Al Gore needs to keep ranting so that he can create/sell/invest in “Green” companies and make millions…$$$$… For a man who almost was the President… He seems to have found his “niche” to make a buck… and forget a thing called “reality”.

I think you should sponsor a HUGE cook out – with lots of charcoal (we all bring the meat and beer) to celebrate!
Guess I will be driving 200 miles to get some of them blue crabs this weekend, for my own celebration!

davidmhoffer says:
May 10, 2013 at 11:25 am

Impending Ice Age
Ozone Depletion
Acid Rain
Toxic Rain
Y2K
Bird Flu
Swine Flu
Global Economic Collapse (fossil fuel depletion)
Global Starvation (population exceeding food supply)
Impending Warm Age

and
End of the world December 21, 2012

“Levels….will soon drop as spring kicks in across the Northern Hemisphere, trees budding forth an army of leaves hungrily sucking CO2 out of the sky.”
A note to you “Scientific American” nit wits….trees, and humans, are CARBON lifeforms….nature LOVES sucking CO2 out of the sky….monarch-monopolists LOVE sucking wealth from their serfs….and “armies” destroying lives and properties in staged conflicts, is a favorite technique. I reject this elitist front group’s claim to be “Scientific” or “American”.

Rhoda R

My tomatoes are doing quite well this year. Must be the 400 PPM CO2. I’d buy a T with the various disasters on it.

milodonharlani

theOtherJohninCalif says:
May 10, 2013 at 11:23 am
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Actually the Pacific Northwest west of the Cascades and coast ranges is a jungle, if that means “rain forest”. By a jungle is usually meant a tropical rain forest. The climax state of the western Pacific NW is a temperate rain forest. Without humans, even the floor of the Willamette Valley would be covered with towering, old growth western hemlock trees.

BradProp1

I’m getting low on “pithy” tees that insult “warmist’s” mentality! Put me on the list for a tee!

Werner Brozek

theOtherJohninCalif says:
May 10, 2013 at 11:23 am
We hear everywhere (and it seems constantly) that 2010 was the hottest year in the last 150
According to both satellite data sets, 1998 was the warmest.
RSS:
1 {1998, 0.549},
2 {2010, 0.475},
3 {2005, 0.33},
4 {2003, 0.321},
UAH:
1. 1998 0.419
2. 2010 0.394
3. 2005 0.260
4. 2002 0.218

James at 48

500 or fight! (that was for all of my Canadian brethren).
In all seriousness, though, I reckon we will never reach 500. We’ll probably be peakin’ shortly, given the way things are trending.

On to 450!

eslguy

I want damvidmhoffer/vukcevic shirt.

DJ

…Can’t type……. …. turning blue…….. Plants taking over computer now……. barely hanging on….. …. love you guys…….

John Mason

Curiously, the cooling northern hemisphere is part of the reason CO2 levels have temporarily hit 400 as this year’s growing season is very delayed. (at least where I live)

I would like a Tshirt too please.

milodonharlani

The average is estimated to have reached 300 ppm in 1910. It will take a few more years for the average to attain 400. I’ll be concerned if it got back to 1000 ppm, a true greenhouse level. Some people might get headaches after prolonged exposure to that concentration. But humans don’t suffocate until several thousand ppm, as during the early Paleozoic Era.