A quick and dirty guide to the effects of human existence on earth

Posted on October 25, 2016 By thesuccessmanual Topic: Global Warming, Remarkable, Climate change, Simpleguide

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Did you know these things?

1. Human population of the world is expected to be nearly tripled by the year 2100. A three percent annual growth rate will result in the doubling of consumption and production of food and other products in 25 short years.
2. According to the Department of Transportation (U.S.), about 140 million cars in America travel almost 4 billion miles in a day, consuming over 200 million gallons of gasoline in the process.
3. The amount of motor vehicles that are expected to be operated will increase 15 million a year until at least 2010. Other than Denmark, most countries continue to support the car industry over public transportation.
4. A gallon of gasoline is the remnant of 98 tons of fossilized plant matter (equal to about 40 acres of wheat).
5. One ton of carbon dioxide that is released in the air can be prevented by replacing every 75 watt light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs.
6. Americans use 50 million tons of paper annually -- consuming more than 850 million trees.
7. Every ton of recycled office paper saves 380 gallons of oil.
8. About 1% of U.S. landfill space is full of disposable diapers, which take 500 years to decompose.
9. Homeowners use up to 10 times more toxic chemicals per acre than farmers.
10. Uncontrolled fishing worldwide has reduced the amount of commercial fish species. Some species, up to one-tenth of their original population.
11. 63,000 square miles of Rainforests are being destroyed each year.
12. Already over half of the world's tropical forests have been lost.
13. Each year, approximately four billion tons of carbon accumulates in the air each year, about 30% of this comes directly from the continued burning of the rainforests.
14. Farmers destroy rainforest more than others.
15. Large areas of South and Central America are cleared and burned for cattle ranching - producing cheap beef for consumers in the West.

Now, Some Global Warming Facts
The average surface temperature has increased by about 0.6°C (1°F). Snow cover and ice extent have decreased. The sea level has risen by 10 to 20 cm. Scientists predict that by the end of the 21st century, if countries of the world did not change their policies, :

1. Global mean temperature will increase by between 1.4 and 5.8°C
2. The sea level should rise by between 9 and 88 cm (3.5" to 35").
3. Prepare for some extreme weather events.

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