Does carbon effect your life?
By us burning fossil fuels we release carbon into the atmosphere. By doing that we speed up the carbon cycle. Plants only use a certain amount of carbon and cannot it use quick enough.
How it effects us
Recently, scientists have studied both short- and long-term measurements of atmospheric CO2 levels. an oceanographer at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, is responsible for creating the longest continuous record of atmospheric CO2 concentration taken at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii. His data now widely known as the "Keeling curve," shown in Figure 2) revealed that human activities are significantly altering the natural carbon cycle. Since the onset of the industrial revolution about 150 years ago, human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation have accelerated, and both have contributed to a long-term rise in atmospheric CO2. Burning oil and coal releases carbon into the atmosphere far more rapidly than it is being removed, and this imbalance causes atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations to increase. In addition, by clearing forests, we reduce the ability of photosynthesi to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, also resulting in a net increase. Because of these human activities, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations are higher today than they have been over the last half-million years or longer.