Statistics don’t lie, and we have the numbers to prove just how bad our climate crisis is right now. Check out the statistics below, and explore the effects of climate change with guests like Dr. Gavin Schmidt and Thomas Friedman in the video section.

What’s the Current State of Our Environment? Climate Change by Numbers

There are a lot of ways to measure the effects of climate change in numbers, and we’re going to explore a few of them, from rising temperatures to declining glacier levels. These are the numbers you need to know.

Temperatures

Since the late 19th century, a period of barely over one hundred years, the average global temperature has gone up a full degree. The average temperature across the planet for the first 10 months of 2018 was 0.98C above the average temperatures from 1850-1900. 2015-2019 were the five warmest years on record.

It’s not just the atmosphere that’s getting warmer either. Since 1969, the top 700 meters of the ocean has seen an increase of 0.4C in temperature.

Declining Ice Sheets and Glaciers

Rising temperatures don’t just mean less snow. It also means that climates that normally stay frozen are starting to melt at alarming rates. Greenland lost an average of 286 billion tons of ice per year between 1993 and 2016 according to data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment. In that same time period, Antarctica lost about 127 billion tons of ice per year.

Glaciers are also retreating at an alarming rate. Studies from the National Snow & Ice Data Center show that the thickness of glaciers studied decreased by 12 meters, the equivalent of over 9,000 cubic kilometers of water.

Emissions

Our climate crisis is directly correlated to emissions, and some of the most developed and industrial countries are the worse contributors.

China and the United States are the two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases by a significant amount, with China emitting 11,256 megatonnes of CO2 per year and The United States emitting 5,275 megatonnes of CO2 per year according to a 2018 study. The two together account for over 40% of the world’s total emissions.

What We Can Do To Help

Now that you’re aware of the effects of climate change by numbers, it’s time to do something.

The most important thing we can do to help mitigate the climate disaster is to reduce our carbon footprint, both as individuals and as a planet. In his episode with us Dr. Gavin Schmidt exposes global warming and explains in-depth the ways countries can reduce their carbon footprint, especially the biggest contributors like China and the United States.

If you’re looking to help save the planet, watch Gavin Schmidt’s episode along with our interview with Thomas Friedman, who touches on climate change in addition to a lot of other important things going on globally. Of course, there are always a handful of climate change deniers, including the Trillion Dollar Man himself, Dan Pena.

As always, stay tuned with us to keep a pulse on all of the important issues, from climate change to lifestyle, sports, and culture.

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