THE STATE OF OUR CLIMATE: The Science

GLOBAL TEMPERATURES

The last four years have been the hottest global years on record. The increase in heat trapping gases, primarily carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels, continues to drive this long-term warming trend responsible for warming both our atmosphere and our oceans.

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CARBON EMISSIONS

Burning fossil fuels, such as coal and gas, releases carbon dioxide and other heat trapping gases that build up in the atmosphere causing the Earth’s temperature to rise, much like a blanket traps heat.  As greenhouse gas concentrations continue to grow so does our global temperatures.

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LAND ICE

Land ice (mountain glaciers and ice sheets) covering Greenland and Antarctica is melting at historic speed, contributing to sea level rise. Both ice sheets have seen an acceleration of ice mass loss since 2009 due to increasing warming global temperatures.


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SEA LEVEL RISE

Emerging science regarding Antarctic ice sheet stability suggests that by 2100  sea level rise might be as high as 8 feet.  

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OCEANS

The world’s oceans have absorbed about 93% of the excess heat caused by greenhouse gas warming since the mid-20th century, making them warmer and more acidic.

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SEA ICE

Continued sea ice loss is expected across the Arctic, which is very likely to result in late summers becoming nearly ice-free by the 2040s. 


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FLORIDA'S REPORT CARD: C -

Climate Change will impact all of us.  The science proves that our planet is getting warmer at an unprecedented rate. The main causes of global warming are clear- our dependency on fossil fuels.

Florida has a lot of work to do, it is the most vulnerable state to climate change, yet it has not taken sufficient steps to prepare for the serious threats that it faces. 

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