99.9% of scientists agree: the world is warming due to greenhouse gas emissions from human causes. These gas emissions trap heat in the atmosphere, causing the polar ice caps to melt and global average temperatures to increase. In 2015, government leaders from around the world made a pact to limit global average temperature rise to a point that would allow a familiar standard of living -- 2 degrees Celsius (2°C). This pact is called the Paris Climate Accord.
We have already seen global average temperatures rise by 0.8°C due to human causes, resulting in devastating effects like drought, extreme weather, flooding, and heat waves. At Ice911, we understand that every degree matters, and know we need to act now to keep the world under 2°C.
Here's why every degree matters:
Decreased water availability, increasing drought in many regions
Increased wildfire risk, flooding events, and storm damage
Increased burden from malnutrition, diarrhoeal, cardio-respiratory, and infectious diseases
Increased risk of extinction for 20-30% of known species
Increasing mortality from heat waves, floods, and droughts
Most corals bleached
Sea level rise due to ice melt
Major changes in natural systems cause predominantly negative consequences for biodiversity, water, and food supplies
Widespread coral mortality
Flooding risk increases every year, impacting millions
Increasing rate sea level rise
Global food production decreases significantly
Substantial burden on health services
About 30% of global coastal wetlands lost due to sea level rise
Extinction of more than 40% of known species
Global economic losses
At least partial melting of Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets, eventually raising sea level 13-20 feet
It is nearly impossible to predict the severe consequences of going beyond a 2°C rise, as we are already experiencing unanticipated effects from a 0.8°C increase.
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