The facts here are listed in a particular order to present a coherent rationale for the need for dramatic change in UK government response to the climate and ecological emergency.

Key Facts – The Science

  • Earth is getting hotter and 97% of scientists agree that it’s caused by human activity. https://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/#*
  • Global warming is causing our climate to change and it’s happening now. Effects include more frequent and severe extreme weather events such as droughts, dry spells, flooding and hurricanes as well as rising sea levels. https://climate.nasa.gov/effects/
  • In 1950, annual global emissions were around 6 gigatonnes. Now they are around 37 gigatonnes  https://ourworldindata.org/co2-and-other-greenhouse-gas-emissions
  • There already exists a 1 in 20 chance that the 2.2 trillion tons of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere could cause an existential warming threat. Basically, for a safe climate we must:
    1. Zero out CO2 emissions by 2050 (which means acting now)
    2. Rapidly limit super pollutants like HFCs and methane
    3. Undertake atmospheric carbon removal.

http://www.pnas.org/content/pnas/early/2017/09/13/1618481114.full.pdf 

Key Facts – The Politics