10 Important Facts About Climate Change Worth Sharing

It is real, it is here and we must take action.

We've rounded up 10 important facts about climate change — some may surprise you. Share with your friends on social media and spread the word about this critical issue. 

Staghorn coral was once one of the most abundant corals on Caribbean and Floridian reefs. Today, after severe losses due to coral bleaching and disease, it is listed as a threatened species. The Nature Conservancy is working with Ken Nedimyer to grow this species in his underwater nursery (Photo © Tim Calver).

5 of 5: The past 5 years are the 5 warmest years on record.

2 decades: 20 of the hottest ever 22 years mark the last 2 decades.

97 percent: The percentage of scientists who agree that warming trends over the past century are very likely caused by human activity.

1950: Year when atmospheric CO2 levels broke records from the previous 400,000 years, sharply rising and continuing to grow.

2018: Warmest year on record in global oceans.

8 inches: Rise in global sea levels since 1880, with 3 inches rise in the last 25 years.

Nick Gutierez wets down the grass and needles along a fire line in Okanogan County. (Photo © John Marshall).

400 parts per million: Average concentration since 2016 of CO2 in the atmosphere, compared to 275 PPM for past 400,000 years.

21: Average annual number of wildfires in Central and Eastern Washington — up from an average of six per year in the 1970s.

19th century: The heat-trapping nature of CO2 was first demonstrated.

25 percent: The increase in acidity of the world's oceans.

$440 billion: Estimated economic losses to the United States by end of the century if no action is taken on climate change.

Sources: NASA, Env. Protection Agency, Nat’l Climate Assessment, National Geographic

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