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Greenhouse gases in atmosphere hit record high

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | November 25, 2019
Greenhouse gases in the world's atmosphere hit a new record high in 2018, the World Meteorological Organization has announced.
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The level of greenhouse gases rose faster than the average rise of the last decade, causing increasingly damaging weather patterns.

The release on Monday of the UN agency's Greenhouse Gas Bulletin comes ahead of a UN climate change summit being held in Madrid next week, where it will guide discussions.

The report measures the atmospheric concentration of the gases responsible for global warming, rather than emissions.

"It is worth recalling that the last time the Earth experienced a comparable concentration of CO2 was 3-5 million years ago," said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.

"There is no sign of a slowdown, let alone a decline, in greenhouse gases' concentration in the atmosphere despite all the commitments under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change."