The greenhouse gases that cause global warming have soared to record levels in the atmosphere. Maybe that’s why we just experienced the warmest January on record.

New Scientist quotes climate scientist Kim Holmen as saying that “Levels [of greenhouse gases] are at a new high.” Holmen says that concentrations of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, emitted largely by burning fossil fuels in power plants, factories and cars, have risen to 390 parts per million from 388 ppm a year ago, and partially blames China, which is opening coal-fired power plants at the rate of almost one per week.

In modern times, temperature records have been kept for almost 200 years, since 1880, and these show that January, 2007 was by far the warmest January yet. Record high levels of greenhouse gases no doubt play a part in this. You don’t have to be psychic to figure it out. Keep this important information coming your way: subscribe today!

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