Earth in danger
by Erik Marquez
“By withdrawing from Paris, it sends a clear signal out to the world that it’s fine to ignore more than 97 percent of the world’s scientists – and when the most powerful nation on Earth rejects the basic premise of scientific consensus, then you’d better believe that this will encourage the American people to do so too. This is the most severe symptom yet of the anti-intellectual pandemic that’s spreading across the country.”
Earth…you in danger girl. 😔
Climate change is real, and we need you to spread the facts. We’ve rounded up 10 important facts about climate change and global warming. Share these with your friends on social media and spread the word about this critical issue.
97 percent: The percentage of scientists who agree that warming trends over the past century are very likely caused by human activity.
1950: Year when atmospheric CO2 levels broke records from the previous 400,000 years, sharply rising and continuing to grow.
6.7 inches: Rise in global sea levels over the last century. The rate of rise has doubled in the last decade.
16: Number of record-breaking hottest years since 2000. 2016 was the hottest year yet.
1.5 degrees: The average worldwide temperature increase in Fahrenheit compared to a century ago.
400 parts per million: Average concentration since 2016 of CO2 in the atmosphere, compared to 275 PPM for past 400,000 years.
9: The 9 most explosive fires in America’s history have all occurred since 2000, with 2015 having the biggest fire (10.1 million acres burned) in American history.
19th century: When the heat-trapping nature of CO2 was first demonstrated.
30 percent: The increase in acidity of the world’s oceans.
$180 billion: Estimated economic losses to the United States by end of the century if no action is taken on climate change.
Climate change is a global problem, and it requires solutions on a global scale. One of those is hiding in plain sight. Our lands provide an untapped opportunity – proven ways of storing and reducing carbon emissions in the world’s forests, grasslands and wetlands, or natural climate solutions as we call them.
More than 30% of the climate change goals that our world leaders established at the 2015 Paris Climate Convention can be achieved through the power of nature.
This means that nature-based solutions – such as stopping deforestation and restoring coastal ecosystems – can get us more than a third of the way to the emission reductions needed by 2030.
Let’s give nature back its power to protect us! Oceans, grasslands, wetlands, peat bogs, forests – when they’re destroyed, the carbon they hold is released into the air, and their ability to provide us with life-giving assets disappears. A huge part of our climate work, therefore, is continuing the work that we’re known for: saving nature.
These stories showcase the power of nature to solve climate change.
Maximizing Nature’s Role in Solving Climate Change
Tackling climate change isn’t just about changing how we produce and use energy. We must also maximize nature’s role.
Forest Carbon Science
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This Decade’s Most Important Climate Solution
Read about how nature-based solutions are an essential piece of the climate puzzle. And nature’s time is now.
Mapping Ocean Wealth
Learn more about how our oceans and wetlands can help store carbon.
The Next Agriculture Revolution is Under Our Feet
We need to support innovation in soil health to meet the growing demand for food while strengthening the health of our communities, land, water and climate.
Not All Forestry is Carbon Equal
Learn about how forests clean our air, enhance water security and serve as the world’s oldest and most proven carbon storage technology.
The Forgotten Climate Solution
The land sector has the potential to deliver at least 20% of the climate solution.
Seeing the Forest for the Trees
See how we are helping loggers in the Bureau District make changes that yield healthier local villagers and more intact forests sequestering carbon.
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