8 Climate Change Facts



If you’re not already looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint, these 8 climate change facts might encourage you to take action.


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Climate change, sometimes known as global warming is a term used to describe the rising global temperature of the planet.

The average global temperature has risen by 1°C since 1880, which might not sound like much but that’s the fastest increase in the history of the Earth.


  • Ice caps melting
  • Rising sea levels
  • Higher chance of flooding
  • 海洋温度升高
  • 更严重的干旱
  • Heat waves
  • Increased frequency of wildfires

What’s causing Climate Change?

Human activity since the industrial revolution has seen the volume of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere increase rapidly. There’s a number of reasons why we’re seeing an increase in global temperatures, including:

  • Burning fossil fuels (coal, gas and oil)
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  • Farming cattle

The burning of fossil fuels is by far the biggest cause of climate change and is done to generate electricity, heat our homes, power transport and much more.In the UK, transport is the sector producing the highest volume of greenhouse gas emissions.

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When it comes to climate change there are some scary facts that show the scale of the problem that the planet is facing.

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  2. In 2013, levels of carbon in the atmosphere went above 400 parts per million for the first time in recorded history (400,000 years) and the levels continue to rise. The rise has coincided with the industrial revolution, when humans began burning fossil fuels.

  3. We’re consuming Earth’s resources earlier each year
  4. 这一天被称为地球超量日,是每年人类消耗地球资源(水、木材、食物等)超过地球在12个月内所能生产的日期。每年这个日期都越来越早:

    • 1999: September 29
    • 2019: July 19

    The dates above take into account the consumption habits of every country around the world. If everyone lived how we do in the UK, Earth Overshoot Day would be on May 17th – just over 2 months earlier than the global average.

  5. 18 of the 19 warmest years on record have been since 2001
  6. Other than 1998, all of the hottest years on record have all been recorded in recent years and 2019 is set to be amongst the hottest too. This temperature rise has coincided with the increased amount of carbon in the atmosphere. Things are only going to get hotter.

  7. Over 1 million species could go extinct
  8. As the human population continues to grow, we’re taking up more and more space on the planet, moving nature out of our way as we do so.

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    • Oceans becoming more acidic
    • Plastic in the oceans

  9. Oceans are becoming increasingly acidic
  10. The oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere which helps to maintain a healthy balance. However, as the amount of carbon in the atmosphere has increased so has the amount being absorbed by the ocean.




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  11. 90% of coral reefs could die
  12. 珊瑚礁不仅是100多万种不同种类植物和野生动物的家园,还保护100多个国家免受海岸侵蚀。有些国家甚至建在珊瑚礁上,没有珊瑚礁就不可能存在。

    A coral reefs acts as a buffer, absorbing energy from waves before they reach the coastline, which helps to reduce coastal erosion and potential damage to properties. They’re also an effective barrier when it comes to storms and floods too.

    Oceans absorb carbon from the atmosphere but the level of carbon has increased to a point where it’s causing the temperature of the water to rise and making it more acidic too. As a result, the algae, which makes coral reefs look so bright and vibrant, is turning white, a process known as ‘coral bleaching’.

    Coral bleaching weakens the coral reef and makes the land more susceptible to the effects of strong waves, brutal storms and flooding.

  13. 到2040年,北极将不再结冰
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    • Rise in sea levels
    • More greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere (ice stores carbon)
    • The planet will absorb more heat because sea ice reflects heat away

  15. Irreversible by 2030
  16. 直到去年我们保存可能最可怕的事实。Unless dramatic changes are made in the next few years, all of the effects of climate change (including the ones we’ve listed above) could be irreversible.

    In a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it’s stated that global net human carbon emissions need to drop by 45% compared to 2010 levels by 2030.


    “We are the last generation that can prevent irreparable damage to our planet.” General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés.

Climate Change Solutions

The UK is targeting ‘net zero’ carbon emissions by 2050, which means that the carbon footprint of the UK will be neutral. Many believe that 2050 is much too late and more needs to be done sooner to prevent irreversible impacts on our planet.

A global temperature rise of only 2°C could have a detrimental impact on the planet and is why countries agreed to the Paris Climate Change Act, which commits nations to limiting the increase to 1.5°C.

As the table below shows, a difference of half a degree is much more significant than it might seem.

增加了1.5°C 增加2°C
Availability of freshwater in the Mediterranean Down by 9% 下降17%
Heavy rainfall (intensity increase) 5% rise 7% rise
Sea level rise 40厘米 50cm
Coral bleaching 90%有风险 98% at risk
Heatwaves Up to 1.1 months of the year 1.5months of the year
Wheat production Down by 9% 下降16%

So, what can you do to help tackle climate change?

Use more sustainable forms of transport

The damage that petrol and diesel fueled cars have on our planet is of increasing concern for many drivers. However, driving a car is part of everyday life for many but there are some alternatives:

  • Travel by public transport
  • Cycle
  • Invest in an electric car (EV)

Electric cars have become much more affordable in recent years, so it’s now much easier to make the switch from petrol or diesel. Advancements in the performance, mileage capabilities and overall looks too have made them much more desirable.


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Eat less red meat and dairy

United Nations (UN) experts have said that switching to a plant-based diet can really help the fight against climate change.


  • Food is responsible for 26% of all greenhouse emissions
  • 其中58%来自动物产品
  • 50%的动物产品排放来自牛肉和羊肉

Source: Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers, Poore and Nemeck

Cattle farming is one of the root causes of deforestation. As demand for red meat and dairy increases, so does the need for land, which is seeing large amounts of forest cut down so that the land can be used for farming. These trees are not only natural habitats of wildlife but also absorb carbon from the atmosphere.


Plastic has become an almost unavoidable part of modern life – it’s used to carry shopping, water is sold in it and it’s even used in some tea bags!


Turn to renewable energy

The sun provides the Earth with more energy every hour than humans use in an entire year so it doesn’t quite add up that we rely so heavily on fossil fuels.

In the UK, the vast majority of electricity is generated by burning fossil fuels, which is a highly carbon intensive process – double the emissions of natural gas production in fact (0.519kg of CO2 per kWh compared to 0.216kg of CO2 per kWh).


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