Climate change; what you should know.

by Lucas Jako

CLIMATE CHANGE

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As of mid-2020, the concentration of carbon dioxyde (CO2) in our atmosphere hit an all time record at 416 parts per million.

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2019 was the warmest year since 1880 and all the warmest years before that were after 2015 according to NASA.

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11% - that's the share of global gas emissions attributed to deforestation. 

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Nature is the best solution to fighting the effects of climate change. No technology available today does a better job at storing carbon emissions than tropical forests. Nevertheless, only 3% of funding allocated to climate change goes into natural solutions.

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Climate solutions going to nature such as planting trees could create 40 jobs for every million dollar invested, this is better than the oil and gas industries by a factor of 6. 

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Land restoration has a return on investment of 10. For every dollar invested on the preservation or restoration of impacted land, $10 of benefits is generated on the long run. Today, restoration is critical as 3,2 billion people fall victim of perishing land worldwide. 

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800 million people are directly faced with the severe consequences of climate change: droughts, floods, heat waves and extreme weather.

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Coastal ecosystems are of critical importance in storing carbon dioxide. They are 10 times as effective as tropical forests in this regard. 

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Saving nature is the cheapest way to slow climate change, not technology.

 

Sources: conservation.org, nasa.