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To reduce annual global greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by the year 2050, we need to reduce emissions by 30.3 gigatons a year.

U.S. Department of Energy

It is estimated that cutting global emissions in half by 2050 would cost $45 trillion.

International Energy Agency

Average temperatures have already climbed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Much of this change has happened in recent decades.

Goddard Institue for Space Studies

Industrialization, deforestation, and pollution have greatly increased atmospheric concentrations of the greenhouse gases that help trap heat near Earth's surface. Plants and oceans are unable to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) at the rate at which humans are putting it into the atmosphere.

National Geographic™

With habitats disappearing, ecosystems changing, and oceans acidifying, more than a million species face extinction.

According to an April 2007 report, global warming could lead to large-scale food and water shortages and have catastrophic effects on wildlife.

International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

According to a February 2007 report, it is possible that sea level will rise anywhere between 7 and 23 inches (18 to 59 cm) by the end of the century.

International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

It is reported that health issues are already presenting themselves through deaths from intense heat waves, fatal parasites that prosper in heat and mosquitoes that carry malaria in areas where they've never been seen before.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

icebergs in the arctic

Arctic ice is rapidly disappearing, and the region may have its first completely ice-free summer by 2040 or earlier. Polar bears and indigenous cultures are already suffering from the sea-ice loss.

National Geographic™

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