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What is Global warming?

If we want to address global warming, along with the other environmental problems associated with our continued rush to burn our precious fossil fuels as quickly as possible, we must learn to use our resources more wisely, kick our addiction, and quickly start turning to sources of energy that have fewer negative impacts, David Suzuki.

What does it mean?

It refers to the rise in the average temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. There is currently a strong scientific consensus that the Earth is warming and that this warming is mainly caused by human activities. The main driver is the combustion of fossil fuels. It is expected to have far-reaching, long-lasting and devastating consequences for our small and fragile planet Earth.

“Without further commitments and action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the world is likely to warm up by more than 3°C above the pre-industrial climate. If the currently planned actions are not fully implemented, a warming of 4°C could occur as early as the 2060s,” Turn down the heat, The World Bank.

The pace of global warming is accelerating and the scale of the impact is devastating. The time for action is limited - we are approaching a tipping point beyond which the opportunity to reverse the damage of CO2 emissions will disappear, Eliot Spitzer.

The pace of global warming is accelerating and the scale of the impact is devastating. The time for action is limited - we are approaching a tipping point beyond which the opportunity to reverse the damage of CO2 emissions will disappear, Eliot Spitzer.

What are the consequences?

  1. “A dramatic increase in the intensity and frequency of high-temperature extremes. Recent extreme heat waves […] are likely to become the new normal summer in a 4°C world”, Turn down the heat, The World Bank. Global warming isn't a prediction. It is happening, James Hansen

    Global warming isn't a prediction. It is happening, James Hansen

  2. Rising sea levels will dramatically transform our world. Global warming affects sea levels: (1) water increases in volume as it warms; (2) water from shrinking glaciers and ice sheets is a major contributor to global sea-level. Coastal areas such as the Netherlands and Bangladesh will be permanently flooded or uninhabitable. It may trigger the largest mass migration in human history!
    The time for seeking global solutions is running out. We can find suitable solutions only if we act together and in agreement, Pope Francis

    The time for seeking global solutions is running out. We can find suitable solutions only if we act together and in agreement, Pope Francis

  3. Global warming will worsen global food shortages because it reduces crop production and will significantly exacerbate water scarcity in arid and semiarid regions. Adults keep saying we owe it to the young people, to give them hope, but I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is, Greta Thunberg

    Adults keep saying we owe it to the young people, to give them hope, but I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is, Greta Thunberg

  4. It is expected to become “the largest driver of biodiversity loss by the second half of the century,” CarbonBrief. It could “push ecosystems into collapse sooner than scientists first predicted,” DiscoverMagazine. “Biodiversity is currently being lost at an unprecedented rate at all levels. Just one single measure of this loss is the rate of species extinctions,” Adam Markham.

    Climate change is real. It is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating, Leonardo Di Caprio

    Climate change is real. It is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating, Leonardo Di Caprio

  5. Global warming is increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events like droughts, floods, and heat waves around the world.

    Climate change, if unchecked, is an urgent threat to health, food supplies, biodiversity, and livelihoods across the globe, John F. Kerry

    Climate change, if unchecked, is an urgent threat to health, food supplies, biodiversity, and livelihoods across the globe, John F. Kerry

  6. It will also impact economic growth. “Climate change and the effects of global warming will cost the world economy more than £460 trillion ($600 trillion) in damage,” Express.

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