How Humans Contribute To Climate Change, By The Numbers

The recent man-made Amazon fires endanger 20% of Earth’s oxygen. Here’s a look at some of the other ways humans contribute to climate change.

NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image using the VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument on August 21, 2019. Smoke from the fires raging in in the Amazon basin has created a shroud that is clearly visible across much of the center of South America.

NOAA/NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image using the VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument on August 21, 2019. Smoke from the fires raging in in the Amazon basin has created a shroud that is clearly visible across much of the center of South America.

Most humans know it is possible for humans to destroy virtually all life on earth in a matter of hours in a nuclear war. Is it so difficult to understand that we can likewise destroy ourselves slowly?

Each number below screams the argument. These numbers are the aggregated data of 200+ countries and territories. Each number is significant for the survival of human life and much of the other life on Earth. Each number tells us that humans are contributing to – driving, to be accurate – global warming.

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Ground Vehicles

  • Number of cars in the world today – 1 billion
  • Estimated number of cars in the world in 2050 – 3 billion
  • Number of trucks, buses in the world today –350 million
  • Heavy trucks produced per year – 4 million
  • Light vehicles (cars, SUVs) produced per year – 95 million

Airplanes

Population

Fuel Burning

Deforestation

  • Forest being replanted average every year – 20,000 square miles
  • Forest being cut or burned average every year – 50,200 square miles
  • Siberian forest burned this year – 46,000 square miles
  • Amazon rain forest area burning this year – 1 million square miles
  • Number of Amazon fires this year – 72,843
  • Increase in Amazon fires since last year – 83%
  • Percent of world’s oxygen produced by the Amazon rainforest – 20%
  • Percent of world’s land (excluding Antarctica) forest-covered in 2015 – 30.6%
  • UN target increase square miles of forests area by 2030 – 460,000

Miscellaneous markers (Carbon dioxide sequestration, glacial melt)

  • Increase in Earth’s desert areas average every year – 46,000 square miles
  • CO2 humans released in the atmosphere in 2017 – 53.5 gigatons (53.5 billion tons)
  • Loss of Antarctic glaciers per year – 92 to 200 gigatons (billion tons)
  • Loss of Greenland glaciers per year – 378 gigatons (billion tons)
  • Loss of Alaska glaciers per year – 75 gigatons (billion tons)
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“Strongmen” particularly in Brazil, the United States, and Russia, who ridicule climate science, though Putin may finally be facing reality, serve short-term wealth and power interests. They mobilize support, particularly in the US, of science-denying populist constituencies, who don’t even share the short-term “benefits”. However, the “long term” is getting shorter fast.

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How is it even possible to believe that this human activity does not affect global climate?

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