Our changing climate
A problem felt around the world
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a natural gas that helps make the planet warm so life on earth can survive. Human actives are putting too much CO2 gas in the earth's atmosphere and the ocean. This is harming our planet and is causing global temperatures to get warmer. This is called climate change.
More CO2 in the atmosphere is creating dangerous environmental changes around the world that are not good for people. Additionally, more CO2 in the ocean is making it harder for ocean life, like fish and shellfish, to survive. This means there is less seafood for people to sell and eat.
What climate change means for us
Climate change will harm people and communities around the world differently based on age, gender, health, where they live and what they do for work.
As greenhouse gases build up in Earth's atmosphere and oceans, more heat will be trapped. CO2 in the atmosphere has skyrocketed since the start of the industrial revolution in 1750, from about 280 parts per million (PPM) to over 400 PPM in 2017. In oceans, CO2 pollution is making ocean water mor acidic and making it harder for fish and ocean life to grow and survive. Overall, global temperatures are rising steadily despite natural ups and downs, and 2016 was the hottest year on record. These global changes contributed to problems such as:
- Poor air quality in Seattle;
- Drought in Texas;
- Hurricane in Puerto Rico;
- Dust storm in Kenya;
- Flooding in Pakistan.