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13 Global Warming Facts

Here are 13 facts about the realities of global warming from the Environmental Defense Action Fund. You can help by spreading the word … (I know, polar bears make me feel guilty, too.)

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35%

Increase in the global carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels since the Kyoto Protocol was signed in 1992.

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388.57 ppm

Average concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in May 2008, a record high.

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541 – 970 ppm

The projected concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by 2100 under a business as usual scenario where we don’t dramatically reduce global warming emissions.

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260 – 280 ppm

Average concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere before industrial emissions.

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50 – 200 years

Length of time carbon dioxide stays in the earth’s atmosphere before it is absorbed into carbon sinks.

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1000 years

Length of time changes in the earth’s surface temperature, rainfall, and sea level will remain even after carbon dioxide emissions are completely stopped.

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34%

Percentage that 2008’s Arctic seasonal sea ice melt outpaced normal levels.

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70%

Increase in the rate of Greenland’s ice melt over the last five years.

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1.7 days

Number of days earlier seasons are coming than 50 years ago.

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1.5 million

Number of acres of forests in Colorado destroyed by the pine beetle, which is better able to survive warmer winters and is wrecking havoc in America’s western forests.

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$427 million

Amount spent by the oil and coal industries in the first six months of 2008 in political contributions, lobbying expenditures and advertising to oppose climate action.

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0

Number of global warming bills passed by the Senate.

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Number of global warming bills passed by the House.

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