Climate change, also known as, global warming, has become a more problematic issue in recent years as the condition of our earth continues to become worse and worse. Many people have stepped up to counteract climate change by picking up trash, cleaning up beaches, and rallying for change legislatively.
Here are some statistics about the extent climate change that has occurred on our planet.
97 percent: The percentage of scientists who have decided that the warming activity of our planet recently has been the result of human involvement.
1950: Year when atmospheric CO2 levels went above the record for the previous 400,000 years, and is increasing each year.
8 inches: Growth in global sea levels in the last 100 years. This rate has doubled in the last 20 years.
16: Number of record-shattering warm years since 2000. 2016 was the warmest yet.
1.5 degrees: The average worldwide temperature increase in Fahrenheit compared to worldwide temperate 100 years ago.
400 parts per million: Average concentration since 2016 of CO2 in the air, compared to 275 PPM for the past 4 centuries.
9 of the most destructive fires in American history have occurred after 2000, with a fire in 2015 that burned 10.1 million acres and became the largest in American history.
19th century: The discovery of CO2 having the capability to trap heat.
30 percent: The amount in which the ocean have become more acidic.
$180 billion: The approximated US economic losses that will occur by the end of 2000 if nothing is done to address climate change.