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Europe's off-shore wind potential in waters of 30m depth or less could supply all of the continent's power

There is less than a 6 month supply of oil in the Arctic National Wildlife refuge

Since 1950, global coal use has more than doubled, global oil use has risen 8 fold - and the use of natural gas has grown 12 times

Once CO2 reaches the atmosphere, it doesn't just vanish after a few days - most of it remains and accumulates for 50-200 years

The tropical forests of the Amazon will die back and disappear by 2050 because of warming and drying unless emissions are reduced

The Arctic permafrost (which contains about 14% of the carbon stored in the world's soils), and which used to stay frozen all year round, is already beginning to release carbon as it thaws

The world's coral reefs are now thought to be unsavable because of global warming

ten times more energy is spent on growing crops using industrialised high-input systems compared with a sustainable farming system

The level of CO2 in the atmosphere today is approximately 367ppmv, an increase of almost 30% from pre-industrial levels (approximately 280ppmv)

Warmer oceans can actually release CO2 instead of storing it . . . oceans contain 60% as much CO2 as the atmosphere

Global warming is projected to increase rainfall over mid-to-hidh latitides (especially in winter), increasing flooding

As temperatures rise, locust swarms may become common in southern Europe and animal diseases such as African swine fever are also likely to expand their range

Climate change will cause an additional 170 million people to be living in severely water-stressed areas by the year 2050

With higher temperatures, the IPCC predicts that Malaria will spread from affecting 45% of the World's population today to 60% by the second half of the century

According to Science, the years 1995 to 2000 experienced the highest level of North Atlantic hurricane activity since records began - increases in North Atlantic sea-surface temperatures have helped cause a doubling of overall activity in the last six years - a 2.5-fold increase in major hurricanes and a 5-fold increase in hurricanes affecting the Carribean

30 of the world's largest cities lie near coastlines: a 1m rise in the oceans would put an estimated 300 million people directly at risk - a 1m rise in sea level could also affect up to 30% of the world's cropland

The vast Greenland Ice Sheet is already melting at a rate of more than 17 cubic km per year - enough to fill 8.5 million olympic-sized swimming pools

The Red Cross estimates that 440,000 people were killed in the 1990s as a result of hydro-meteorolgical disasters (such as droughts, wind storms and floods), the number of which has 'more than doubled' since 1996

The 1990s experienced four times more extreme weather events and 7 times greater economic losses from 'natural' disasters than in the 1960s

Droughts and sea-level rise will result in about 40-50% of the world's coastal wetlands being lost by the 2080s

US power stations waste an amount of heat (an average two-thirds the amount of fuel used) equal to the total energy use of Japan

A single 18-watt compact fluorescent lamp, replcing a 75-watt incandescent lamp, can save a ton of CO2

Half of all car journeys are under 3km

In 2000, the 10 largest oil companies made $71.8 billion in profit


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