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Global Warming News and Analysis: Global Warming by The Numbers

Wednesday, February 01, 2006


Global Warming by The Numbers

Rank of 2005 as hottest year on record
(tied with 1998), according to NASA: 1

Increase in intensity and duration
of hurricanes and tropical storms
since the 1970's, according to a 2005 MIT study: 100%

Estimate of damage caused by
hurricanes hitting the U.S. coast in
2005 alone, according to the National Climatic Data Center: $100 Billion

Year by which Glacier National Park will have no glaciers left, according to the U.S. Geological Survey predictions: 2030

Square miles of Arctic sea ice that have melted
in the last 30 years (roughly the size of Texas), threatening polar bear habitats and further accelerating global warming worldwide, according to the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment: 400,000

Amount of plant and animal species that global warming could wipe out by 2050: 15-37%

Rank of the United States as a global warming polluter
compared to other large nations: 1

Number of former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency leaders who say the U.S. is not doing enough to fight global warming: 6

Number of bills passed by Congress to cut global
warming pollution: 0

Number of times President Bush has mentioned the words "global warming," or "climate change" in previous State of the Union addresses: 0

Sources: NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2005 Study, Nature Magazine January 2004, National Climatic Data Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Arctic Climate Impact Assessment.

Link: http://www.environmentaldefense.org/article.cfm?contentID=4981

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