More about CO2 – Facts & Figures

The key element in the whole debate regarding ‘carbon’ and global warming is the idea that ever-increasing emissions, from human activity, will lead to ever-increasing global temperatures.

What is so special about (carbon dioxide) CO2 and why all the fuss?

The first thing to get clear here is that CO2 is not a pollutant. You will hear certain phrases used by promoters of cAGW in an effort to mislead you whenever they are discussing global warming and/or climate change. These phrases follow a now familiar pattern, the favourite ones are as follows;

  • Carbon neutral – defined as any process that balances the CO2 used during the creation of the process with the CO2 emitted whilst the process is working
  • Low carbon – defined as any process that emits lower CO2 emissions than the process it is designed to replace
  • Carbon pollution – this term is, in fact, an oxymoron. CO2 is a vital part of a natural cycle without which there would be little, if any, life on the planet. Carbon, itself, is only found in three (3) solid forms and is a very important chemical element, with a chemical symbol of C. All known life on Earth is made from it. By constant use of this term, conflating carbon with carbon dioxide, you are being misled into believing CO2 can, in any way, be an actual pollutant. Once you understand the many ways that you are being manipulated it’s not hard to start feeling sceptical.

Let’s learn some facts about (carbon dioxide) CO2.

I wonder how many of you know exactly how much CO2 is in the atmosphere? You’d think, listening to the alarmists, that the only thing in the atmosphere is CO2 and pumping more in will create a disaster. Well, do you know, either in parts per million (ppm) or in percentage terms, exactly how much of this trace gas we are actually talking about? ? If you do, then you don’t need to read this paragraph. If you don’t, then be ready to have your eyes (and your mind) opened. Figures are approximate.

  • Permanent gases in the atmosphere by percent are:
    • Nitrogen – 78%
    • Oxygen – 21%
  • Permanent gases (other):
    • Argon – 0.9%
    • Neon – 0.002%
    • Helium – 0.0005%
    • Krypton – 0.0001%
    • Hydrogen – 0.00005%
  • Variable gases in the atmosphere and typical percentage values are:
    • Water vapour – 0 to 4%
    • Carbon Dioxide – 0.0385% – (i.e. 385 parts per million (ppm))
      • Out of that 385 ppm, humans contribute approx 15 ppm (~4%). The rest is generated by the natural CO2 cycle. Makes you think, doesn’t it?
    • Methane – 0.0002%
    • Ozone – 0.000004%

Data link;

Page I – Facts & Figures || Page II – The Carbon Cycle || Page III – Who, When & Where? || Page IV – Four key names


3 thoughts on “More about CO2 – Facts & Figures

  1. 0.0385%!! Think of the children!

    Posted by pedestrianblogger | April 3, 2013, 10:53 pm


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