CLIMATE CHANGE, GLOBAL WARMING & THE HUMAN IMPACT
- Levels of Carbon Dioxide are higher today than at anytime in past 650,000 years.
- The earth is warming and most of this warming has occurred since the 1970s.
- The 20 warmest years ever recorded occurred after 1981.
- The 11 warmest years occurred in the past 12 years.
- 2012 was the hottest year on record.
- In the next 40 years, we will add approximately 2.5 billion more people to the approximately 7 billion people that live on our planet earth today. The pace at which we will add carbon into the atmosphere will grow according to population growth.
"Greenland is host to the second largest ice mass on the planet, accounting for ~11% of the global ice surface area. Recent estimations put the volume of ice contained in the ice sheet at 2.931 million gigatons -
enough to raise global sea level by 7 metres (Bamber et al., 2001)."
Fossil Fuels: Key Facts
- In the last 100 years we have used oil & gas reserves which took millions of years to form within our earth.
- As world population is rapidly expanding, our fossil fuel energy consumption WILL out pace the earth's ability to replenish this energy source.
- Fossil fuel consumption is polluting our atmosphere and is largely responsible for global climate change.
- It is a geological fact that we will need to wait at least another million years for fossil fuel resources to replenish.
Alternative fuels must be aggressively pursued before fossil fuel resources are fully depleted, which will happen some time during the current century.