OCEANS OF ACID
Oceans act like a giant sponge, absorbing 27% of CO2
in the atmosphere. CO2 mixes with seawater creating
carbonic acid, which is steadily increasing the acidity
of oceans. This threatens marine life and the well being
of humans who depend on food from the sea.
4 SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT
Methane, the main compound in natural gas, is a huge contributor to global
warming. Although it makes up only 9% of the human-made greenhouse
gases, it can do a lot more damage. In the first 20 years after it is released
in the atmosphere, methane traps 86 times more heat than carbon dioxide.
GOODBYE GOLDEN TOAD
Increasing temperatures change weather and vegetation patterns. This
forces animal species to migrate to cooler areas in order to survive. Rapidly
changing climates, however, can exceed species’ ability to migrate or adapt
and lead to their extinction. The very first extinction from climate change
happened in 1999 — never again will you see a Golden Toad on this planet.
HOT AND HEAVY BREATHING
In extreme heat, pollen and other allergen levels are increased.
These allergens can trigger asthma attacks, which affect
around 300 million people worldwide. As earth’s temperature
increases each year, so will this breathing burden.