In news reported by the BBC, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere grew more in the past year than at any time in the previous 56 years.
The findings coincide with the process to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement. Scientists now argue that the CO2 increases place added pressure on global leaders to sign the deal.
The UN hopes the Paris Climate Agreement will become operational this year. It has been hailed as historic, durable and ambitious and represents a requirement on developed and developing countries to limit their emissions to relatively safe levels, of 2C with an aspiration of 1.5C.
A combination of human activities and the El Niño weather pattern is believed to have caused the increase in CO2 levels.
Scientists will continue to monitor levels over the coming months and will be able to tell if there is any decrease as El Niño fades.
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