The current practice of burning fossil fuels to provide energy for transportation, heating, cooking, electricity, and manufacturing adds carbon dioxide to the atmosphere more rapidly than it is removed. The result, most climate experts agree, is an intensification of the greenhouse effect and an increase in global temperatures. This document, adapted from the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, plots an increase in atmospheric CO2 concentrations since 1958.
This media asset was adapted from Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Record from Mauna Loa by C.D. Keeling and T.P. Whorf, Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center.