7 Eye-Opening Facts for Earth Day | Mashable

  1. Atmospheric CO2 concentrations are at a record high: greater than 400 ppm

Sources: NOAA (http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/tre… Mashable (http://mashable.com/2014/04/08/carbon… 350.org (http://400.350.org/)

  1. We dump 19.4 billion pounds of plastic into the ocean every year

Sources: Science Mag study (http://www.sciencemag.org/content/347… Mashable (http://mashable.com/2015/02/19/plasti…)

  1. An estimated 18 million acres of forest are lost each year

Source: FAO (http://www.fao.org/docrep/014/am859e/… Live Science (http://www.livescience.com/27692-defo…)

  1. Earth is facing a 40% shortfall in water supply by 2030

Sources: UNESCO (http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-… FAO (http://www.fao.org/nr/water/aquastat/…)

  1. Climate change-related extreme events, plus population growth, could increase hunger by up to 20% by 2050

Source: WFP (http://www.wfp.org/climate-change)

  1. September Arctic sea ice extent is declining at a rate of 13.3% per decade

Sources: NASA (http://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/a… AND http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/septem… NSIDC (http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/)

  1. Earth is off to its warmest start on record

Sources: NOAA (https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/); Mashable (http://mashable.com/2015/04/17/earth-…)

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