This file photo taken on December 29, 2016 shows seagulls flying over the roofs tops of Paris, pictured from the Montparnasse Tower in Paris. AFP / LIONEL BONAVENTURE
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The amount of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere grew at record rate in 2016 to a level not seen for millions of years, potentially fueling a 20-meter rise in sea levels and adding 3 degrees to temperatures, the United Nations said Monday, warning that drastic action is needed to achieve targets set by the Paris climate agreement. Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, the main man-made greenhouse gas, hit 403.3 parts per million, up from 400.0 in 2015, the U.N. World Meteorological Organization said in its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.The last time carbon dioxide levels reached 400 ppm was 3-5 million years ago, in the mid-Pliocene era.
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