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Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Methane (CH4) levels, 1800–present

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Graph of atmospheric CO2 and CH4 levels

To see precise values, hover your mouse cursor over the red and blue graph traces. (However, all values are shown with at least one more significant digit than is warranted by the precision of the measurements, and the ice core values are less accurate than the Mauna Loa measurements.)

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The relative scaling of the CO2 and CH4 axes was chosen so that the relative visual magnitude of changes in the two traces would very roughly approximate the relative warming effect of changes in the levels of the two gases. Additional CH4 is variously estimated to have between 20x and 80x the long term warming effect of the same amount of additional CO2; we used 25:1 so that the grid lines would line up nicely in the graph, but 40:1 or 45:1 would have been more accurate. However, the absolute height of the CH4 trace in this graph, relative to the bottom of the graph, still greatly exaggerates its total warming affect, compared to CO2.

1958-present CO2 data is from For monthly data see (measurements at Mauna Loa Observatory, HI).
1850-1958 CO2 data is from (ice cores).
1800-1850 CO2 data is from (Law Dome ice cores, 75 year smoothed).
1984-present CH4 data is from
1800-1992 CH4 data is from (ice cores), interpolated.
The CO2 and CH4 figures are annual averages.
We also have individual graphs of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) levels.