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Global Warming by the Numbers


Increase in the global carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels since the Kyoto Protocol was signed in 1992.

388.57 ppm

Average concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in May 2008, a record high.

541 – 970 ppm

The projected concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by 2100 under a business as usual scenario where we don’t dramatically reduce global warming emissions.

260 – 280 ppm

Average concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere before industrial emissions.

50 – 200 years

Length of time carbon dioxide stays in the earth’s atmosphere before it is absorbed into carbon sinks.

1000 years

Length of time changes in the earth’s surface temperature, rainfall, and sea level will remain even after carbon dioxide emissions are completely stopped.


Percentage that 2008’s Arctic seasonal sea ice melt outpaced normal levels.


Increase in the rate of Greenland’s ice melt over the last five years.

1.7 days

Number of days earlier seasons are coming than 50 years ago.

1.5 million

Number of acres of forests in Colorado destroyed by the pine beetle, which is better able to survive warmer winters and is wrecking havoc in America’s western forests.

$427 million

Amount spent by the oil and coal industries in the first six months of 2008 in political contributions, lobbying expenditures and advertising to oppose climate action.


Number of global warming bills passed by the Senate.


Number of global warming bills passed by the House.

The Environmental Defense Fund offers 13 scary facts on Friday, the 13th.

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Why Bottled Water Is Bad

Besides the large amount of plastic products it creates, here are more reasons from the Environmental Defense Fund newsletter, Solutions, why we shouldn’t drink bottled water:

  • Clean, drinkable water flows straight from the tap.
  • Production of the 30 billion plastic bottles that entered the waste stream in 2006 (fewer than 20% were recycled) used the equivalent of 17 million barrels of oil and created 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide.
  • Three gallons of water were wasted for every gallon bottled.
  • Bottled water costs 1000 times more than tap water.
  • Bottled water standards may be weaker.
  • Manufacturing and shipping a one-liter Fiji bottled water produces half a pound of global warming pollution and uses almost seven times as much water as the bottle contains.
  • Reusable plastic containers can be linked to health problems.
  • Water filters work on removing many common contaminants from tap water.

We have used a Brita water pitcher for years. I am concerned about the filter which I monthly throw into the trash. I wish that those could be recycled.

Thanks to the Environmental Defense Fund for supplying these pertinent facts about bottled water.

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