Sunday, February 15, 2009

Getting The Numbers Out

Thirteen global warming facts for 2008 you'll be sorry you know. Again, these facts are American; however, I'm sure they're fairly representative of figures worldwide.

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

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

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.

260 – 280 ppm
Average concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere before industrial emissions.

50 – 200 years
Length of time carbon dioxide stays in the earth's atmosphere before it is absorbed into carbon sinks.

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.

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

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

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

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.

$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.

Number of global warming bills passed by the Senate.

Number of global warming bills passed by the House.

1 comment:

kathi said...

Technical issue, P. Can't post on next blog where it belongs bc of videos, which is issue. I opened a video from the right to view and it goes into same (approximate) place as the bottom video that you posted on water fuel. Can't move or close as it opens behind the other video. Don't know if the solution is how they are posted or if the area where there are videos on the right needs to have text in area on left so can navigate open videos. Ta :) k