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Facts

  • In 2014 the temperature was higher than the previous records set in 2005 and 2010, and the 38th consecutive year of above-average temperatures
  • Thirteen of the 15 hottest years have occurred since 2000
  • By 2025, 1.8bn people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world's population could be living under water stressed conditions
  • Of nine worldwide processes that underpin life on Earth, four have exceeded “safe” levels: human-driven climate change; loss of biosphere integrity; land system change; the high level of phosphorus and nitrogen flowing into the oceans from fertiliser use
  • Carbon dioxide levels, at 395.5 parts per million, are at historic highs
  • PwC’s Low Carbon Economy Index warns that the world needs to decarbonise its economy at the much faster rate of 6.2% every year between now and 2020 to avoid crossing the threshold where warming of dangerous levels is locked into the earth’s system
  • The Global Mean Sea Level has risen by 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 cm). The annual rate of rise over the past 20 years has been 0.13 inches (3.2 ml) a year, roughly twice the average speed of the preceding 80 years
  • The costs of achieving nearly universal access to electricity and clean fuels for cooking and heating are projected to be between USD 72 to 95 billion per year until 2030
  • By 2025 there will be 1.4 billion more people living in cities worldwide, with each person producing an average of 1.42kg of municipal solid waste (MSW) per day – more than double the current average of 0.64kg per day
  • Globally, 231m hectares — an area the size of Democratic Republic of the Congo or Texas and Alaska combined — lost tree cover between 2001 and 2013


Sources: The Guardian, The Guardian, The Guardian, National Geographic, WWF, The Guardian, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, UK Energy Research Centre, World Economic Forum, World Economic Forum, World Economic Forum, The UN, The Washington Post, Mongabay, Climate Change News, World Economic Forum
Sourced: October 2015
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