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If our society is to be remembered for anything at all, it will be remembered for what we did when we recognized climate change, what we saw as the cause, and ultimately what we did about it. And unfortunately, what we’re doing seems to be not nearly enough. Are we the perpetrators of climate change, or merely the victims of a system we don’t fully understand.

Like it Or Not – Climate Change is a Reality

Global temperatures have continually risen since the Industrial Revolution.

Global temperatures have continually risen since the Industrial Revolution.

Ten years ago, discussing climate change as a stark reality would remain controversial still. Today, the debate rages on as to the extent of climate change, but it’s presence is a reality and we feel it every day of our lives.

Only the rhetoric has changed. Before we would call the process “global warming”, but with glacial ice caps melting, many of us are feeling global cooling. Climate change, or rather rapid, human-cause (anthropogenic) climate change is the hot button issue with politicians, global economies, and even among individuals.

But Its Not In Contention Among Scientists

One place where climate change has ceased to be a debate is among the scientific community. With a record 97% of climate researchers agreeing that climate change change is a reality, that same 97% also asserts that climate change is definitely a human-caused phenomenon.

And at the heart of it is our emissions. At Ontario Energy Group Consumer Watch, he have passionately advocated for the reduction of carbon emissions and energy waste. Not only has this proven an effective way to help lower energy costs, it’s also the first steps to combating climate change.

But it’s not enough, to be perfectly frank. Much more needs to be done to curtail emissions and control climate change before it runs awry on us.

Figures speak louder than words, so we’d like to offer you the Key Numbers About Climate Change.

Key Numbers of Climate Change

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  • 2 – Degrees in celsius that global temperatures could rise if we cut global emissions by 80% by 2020.
  • 4 – Degrees in celsius that global temperatures are projected to rise by 2100 if we do not cut emissions.
  • 400 – Parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere today.
  • 295 – ppm of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere in 1900.
  • 45 – the years from now in which New York, Paris, and London will be uninhabitable due to temperatures inhospitable to human life.
  • 39 – degrees in which humans can no longer reasonably survive year-round.
  • 93.4 – percent of all carbon emissions that’s being deposited into our oceans.
  • 25 – the percentage of all humans who will are predicted to have no access to water by 2050.
  • 35 – the feet that global sea levels will raise following the melt of the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets, which are projected to melt completely by 2150.

So, Are Humans to Blame?

We say yes. We also say that this is a misleading question in the very sense that we wonder why it’s asked at all. It’s a given humans have contributed to the single greatest proliferation of carbon dioxide emissions in the air since the existence of humans.

What matters more than whether or not we’re to blame is: What are we going to do? The world is facing a watershed moment, put between salvation and total disaster. Whether or not we cause emissions is irrelevant: we have the capacity to effect change. And it starts in our home, in our work, and in every moment of every day of our lives.

Preview image courtesy of NASA.gov, used under public domain usage.

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