Global warming is among the most alarming environmental issues that the world faces today. This phenomenon does not simply involve the significant rise in the earth’s temperature but a lot more. The adverse effects of global warming have become more and more apparent since the dawn of the 20th century, with more hurricanes and tropical storms causing massive destruction in different areas around the world, more animal species losing their habitats and becoming extinct, and more people dying because of too much heat. Here are 25 alarming global warming statistics.
By the end of the century, around 150,000 people will have died of heat related causes.
The United States is responsible for 80 % of the total amount of fossil fuel consumed every year.
Each year of the 21st century is among the hottest in history.
The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen by 34 % since the 17th century.
The temperature of the earth will soon become 5.8 degrees higher.
Scientists believe that by the end of the century, the temperature of the earth will become much higher than its temperature now. By 2100, the average global temperature will be around 5.8 degrees hotter if humans continue their current CO2 output.
Humans release 37 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide every year.
The level of carbon dioxide in the 20th century has been the highest in 650,000 years.
People dump carbon dioxide into the environment at 1000 tons per second.
More than 1 million species have already faced extinction due to global warming.
In the near future, around a hundred million people will see 3 feet of sea level rise.
The Montana Glacier National Park now has about 30% of its total glaciers from 1910.
Of the 150 glaciers featured in the Montana Glacier National Park in 1910, only 25 were able to survive. This is just one of the few glacier parks in the world that suffers because of the continued increase in the earth’s near-surface temperature.
The average temperature in three large countries has increased at two times the global average.
There will be an increase of 7 to 23 inches in sea levels by the end of the century.
The United States is the top global warming polluter in the world.
It is ironic that despite the United States only making up 5% of the total population of the world, it has been ranked no. 1 among giant countries considered to be global warming polluters. The US contributes 25% of total emissions.
By 2050, 15 to 37% of our plant and animal species could be wiped out.
Humans are not the only ones who suffer from global warming. Even plant and animal species do. It is projected that by the time we reach 2050, around 15 to 37% of all the existing plant and animal species today would cease to exist.