Heat-trapping gases emitted by power plants, automobiles and other sources are warming up the planet. In fact, the five hottest years on record have all occurred since 1997 and the 10 hottest since 1990 including the warmest years on record 2005 and 2010.
Wildlife at Stake
Experts predict that one-fourth of Earth species will be headed for extinction by 2050 if the warming trend continues at its current rate.
Rising Sea Levels
Sea levels have risen between four and eight inches in the past 100 years. Current projections suggest that sea levels could continue to rise between 4 inches and 36 inches over the next 100 years.
Stronger Storms and Hurricanes
Scientific research indicates that climate change will cause hurricanes and tropical storms to become more intense, lasting longer, unleashing stronger winds, and causing more damage to coastal ecosystems and communities.