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Alarming

This section explores the current and future effects of climate change that we need to know about and work towards solving. It also examines society’s current status of where we stand in our efforts to solve the problem.

The following content is from the “Alarming” section of the What on EARTH?! sustainability newsletter:

 

Cape Town’s Water Crisis

Cape Town’s Water Crisis

Putting Cape Town's Water Crisis into Perspective A look at the effect on Cape Tonian's day to day lives and the pre-climate change odds of this happening Can you imagine waking up, brushing your teeth, hopping in the shower, and then running out of water for the rest...

Record-Breaking Heat is the New Normal

Record-Breaking Heat is the New Normal

Record-Breaking Heat is the New Normal 17 of the 18 hottest years on record have occurred since 2001. The 18th was just a few years earlier in 1998. The last four years are the hottest of the bunch. 2018 looks like it will make our last five years the hottest five...

CO2 Levels and Sea Level Rise

CO2 Levels and Sea Level Rise

CO2 Levels and Sea Level Rise A brief look at where we have been, where we are now, and where we're going The last time there was this much CO2 in the atmosphere (>400ppm) was 3 million years ago. Back then, temperatures were 2°C to 3°C (3.6°Fto 5.4°F) higher than...

China’s Trash and Recycling Ban is Causing Chaos Around the World

China’s Trash and Recycling Ban is Causing Chaos Around the World

China's Trash and Recycling Ban is Causing Chaos Around the World An overview of China's new ban, the effect it's having, and what it means moving forward China, which typically processes half of the world's exported waste paper, plastic, and metals is done being the...

Our Thawing Permafrost Explained

Our Thawing Permafrost Explained

Our Thawing Permafrost and Why it Matters  The Permafrost is thawing and that is a huge deal. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. In 2016, the average temperature was 3.5°C (6.2°F) warmer than it was in 1900. Permafrost is thawing as a...

US White House Acknowledges but Fails to Lead on Climate Change

US White House Acknowledges but Fails to Lead on Climate Change

US White House Acknowledges but Fails to Lead on Climate Change They basically say "there's nothing we can do...so screw it!" The White House is working to roll back efficiency standards for vehicles. The EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s...

Co2 Emissions Per Capita Put in Perspective

Co2 Emissions Per Capita Put in Perspective

CO2 Emissions Per Capita Put in Perspective The average US citizen is responsible for 19 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions each year. That’s roughly equivalent to the weight of 12 cars. To break it down further that’s 115 pounds (51kg) of greenhouse gas...

The Climate Silence…and What You Can Do About it

The Climate Silence…and What You Can Do About it

The Climate Silence and What You Can Do About it People aren’t talking about climate change enough. 65% of people in the US “rarely” or “never” talk about climate change. Only 20% say they hear people they know talk about climate change at least once a month. Nearly 2...

Climate Change Inaction: Is the Optimism Bias to Blame?

Climate Change Inaction: Is the Optimism Bias to Blame?

Is the Optimism Bias to Blame for Inaction on Climate Change? The strong support for sustainable policies is impressive considering we still haven’t fully grasped the severity of our situation, or what it means for us personally. The maps below highlight a key...

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