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Facts and Figures-83: 25 Alarming Global Warming Statistics

25 Alarming Global Warming Statistics
Posted by Josef, Updated on March 25, 2014

Global warming is among the most alarming environmental issues that the world faces today. This phenomenon does not simply involve the significant rise in the earth’s temperature but a lot more. The adverse effects of global warming have become more and more apparent since the dawn of the 20th century, with more hurricanes and tropical storms causing massive destruction in different areas around the world, more animal species losing their habitats and becoming extinct, and more people dying because of too much heat. Here are 25 alarming global warming statistics.

By the end of the century, around 150,000 people will have died of heat related causes.
In the last three decades, the United States has had an average of 80% consumption of fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil; all of which contribute to the emission of greenhouse gases.
Each year of the 21st century ranks amongst 14 hottest years since 1880.
According to studies, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased by as much as 34% since the 1700 industrial revolution.
Scientists believe that by the end of the century, the temperature of the earth will become much higher than its temperature now. By 2100, the average global temperature will be around 5.8 degrees hotter if humans continue their current CO2 output.
Humans are the major contributors of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Based on studies, human activities are responsible for about 37 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide every year.
The 20th century marks the highest carbon dioxide levels in the history of the planet. Studies show that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today is higher than it was 650,000 years ago.
Global warming is a result of excessive amount of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere. Based on studies, the rate at which humans dump carbon dioxide into the environment is 1000 tons per second.
Global warming does not simply cause a significant increase in the temperature of the earth but also leads to the destruction of habitats and ecosystems. This explains why over a million species have already become extinct.
According to scientists, if global warming persists, around 100 million around the world will live with three feet of sea level rise. This threat especially applies to people living in coastal cities.
Of the 150 glaciers featured in the Montana Glacier National Park in 1910, only 25 were able to survive. This is just one of the few glacier parks in the world that suffers because of the continued increase in the earth’s near-surface temperature.
A report from the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment that was compiled from 2000 to 2004 revealed that the average temperature in Russia, Western Canada and Alaska have all increased by twice the global average.
A report from the IPCC in 2007 revealed that by the time we reach the end of this century, sea levels would have already risen by 7 to 23 inches because of global warming.
It is ironic that despite the United States only making up 5% of the total population of the world, it has been ranked no. 1 among giant countries considered to be global warming polluters. The US contributes 25% of total emissions.
Humans are not the only ones who suffer from global warming. Even plant and animal species do. It is projected that by the time we reach 2050, around 15 to 37% of all the existing plant and animal species today would cease to exist.
Because of the continued increase of the near-surface temperature of the earth, polar glaciers have also continued to melt, causing a significant rise in our sea level. Over the past 100 years, the sea level is said to have increased by 10 to 20 centimeters.
A study conducted by the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment revealed that since ancient times, there have been around 400,000 square miles of the Arctic Sea that have already melted because of the increasing temperature of the earth. This area is around half the state of Texas.
According to studies, the snow cover and ice extent in the world today have considerably decreased over the past decades because of global warming. If this phenomenon continues, there will be no glaciers left in the Glacier National Park sixteen years from now.
Figures from the National Climactic Data Centre show that in 2005, around $100 billion worth of properties were damaged by hurricanes in the United States because of global warming. These hurricanes and other tropical storms are due to the increase of carbon dioxide emissions that cause the temperature of the earth to heat up.
The atmospheric carbon dioxide level of the earth today has significantly increased since the 18th century. The amount of carbon dioxide in 1800 was 31% less than the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today, which means that it has increased from 280 parts per million to 367 per million. According to scientists, this level could be as high as 970 parts per million nine decades from now.
Based on a study conducted by MIT, there has been a 100% increase in both the duration and intensity of natural calamities occurring on earth since the 1970’s, particularly tropical storms and hurricanes. This is also said to be a result of the increased amount of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere.
The increase in the temperature of the world has significantly increased over the past three decades, and the increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere is said to be one of the contributing factors. The temperature of the world now increases at a rate of three times faster than the rate 100 years ago.
Based on the records of NASA, the annual temperature of the United States and the world today is now around 1.0 F degrees warmer compared to the annual temperature recorded in 1900. This is a pretty significant increase.
On the list of the 25 hottest years in the history of the Earth according to NASA, the last nine years are all included. This means that compared to the temperature of the world before, the world today is much hotter.
According to statistics, we have had twice in the last decade the hottest temperatures ever recorded in the history of the planet. The hottest temperature on record used to be in 1998, but the record was broken in 2005. Scientists believe it was not mere coincidence but a result of global warming.

Excerpts from Josef’s List25.com.
Grateful thanks to Josef and List25.com

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