We’re already seeing the effects of man-made climate change — but nature can help.
To confront climate change — a threat facing our entire planet — people everywhere must take part in practical, affordable solutions. We’re already seeing the effects of climate change, but thankfully, we’re equipped with the most effective tool to mitigate and adapt to it: nature. Protecting nature today means a better planet for future generations. Share these facts about climate change and help make a difference:
7-Facts you should know
1- 400 parts per million
The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere, as of 2016, is the highest in 3 million years.
2-It's official: 2017 was the third-warmest year
It's official: 2017 was the third-warmest year on record for the globe, behind 2016 (first) and 2015, according to the 28th annual State of the Climate report. The planet also experienced record-high greenhouse gas concentrations as well as rises in sea level.
3- 11% of emissions
Eleven percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans can be blamed on deforestation – comparable to the emissions from all of the cars and trucks on the planet.
4-The Amazon is a carbon-storing
In the Amazon, 1% of tree species sequester 50% of the region’s carbon.
5- 11% of the world’s population
Some 800 million people are currently vulnerable to climate change impacts such as droughts, floods, heat waves, extreme weather events and sea-level rise
7-Nearly 1 million hectares — lost
An area of coastal ecosystems larger than New York City is destroyed every year, removing an important buffer from extreme weather for coastal communities and releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
6- Coastal ‘blue carbon’ ecosystems are critical
Just 0.7% of the world’s forests are coastal mangroves, yet they store up to 5 times as much carbon per hectare as tropical forests.