40 Shocking Global Warming Facts and Climate Change Statistics (2020)



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I thought it would be interesting to go searching for global warming facts and climate change statistics to see just how much things really are changing and how quickly. Below is what I was able to dig up. The results were very interesting and eye-opening…

See also: Interesting Earth Facts and Statistics

Please note that some of these global warming facts are easier to find than others. Many of these stats come from the governmental or scientific reports, but some are based on news reports and not necessarily official tallies. As always, all stats are linked to their source. Basically, this is the best I can find and I don’t guarantee anything to be 100% accurate.

Also, please note that this is NOT a political website. Therefore, I present curated stats and take no public position here on either side of the global climate change debate.

Global Warming Facts and Climate Change Statistics 2019

Increase in global temperature since 1880:

1.9 degrees Fahrenheit

Last updated 4/1/19


Average yearly increase in global temperatures per decade since 1880:

0.13°F (0.07°C)

Last updated 2019


Earth's 5 warmest years on record have been the last 5 years.

  1. 2016
  2. 2015
  3. 2017
  4. 2018
  5. 2014

Last updated 2019


9 of the 10 warmest years on Earth have occurred since 2005.

(1998 is the only one in the top 10 from the 20th century)

Last updated 2019


Average yearly increase in global temperature since 1970:

0.17 degrees

Last updated 1/21/16


Hottest month ever recorded on Earth:

August 2016

Last updated 9/12/16


Warmest year on record in the US:

2016

Last updated 2019


Average temperature in the US in 2016:

14.84°C 58.69°F


2015 was the second warmest year in the US on record.

Last updated 2019


Average temperature in the US in 2015:

54.4°F


Number of additional deaths per year that climate change is expected to cause between 2030 and 2050:

250,000 additional deaths annually

Last updated September 2015


Reduction in Greenland's volume of ice annually:

375 cubic KM/year

Last updated 9/1/14


Reduction in Arctic sea ice per decade:

12.8%

Last updated 4/1/19


Reduction in Antarctica's ice mass annually:

134 billion metric tons

Last updated 1/21/16


Annual rise in sea level since 1993:

3.39 millimeters

Last updated 1/21/16


Estimated amount of ice that thaws out and pours into the sea every year:

130 billion tons

Last updated 5/12/16


Estimated amount of time it would take for all of the Earth's ice to melt:

5,000 years

Last updated 5/12/16


Amount that sea levels are projected to rise by the end of this century:

26 inches

Last updated 4/5/19


Amount the sea levels would rise if all of the Earth's ice melted:

216 feet


Percentage of all global disasters that are caused by weather:

90%

Last updated 5/12/16


Number of weather-related deaths from 1995-2015:

600,000 deaths (30,000 per year)

Last updated 5/12/16


Percentage of Americans that are somewhat or very worried about global warming:

58%

Last updated 8/24/16


Number of countries that ratified the Paris climate agreement:

92 countries

Last updated 11/3/16


Goal of Paris Climate Agreement:

not allow earth to warm over 2 degrees Celsius/3.6 degrees Fahrenheit


US target for reducing greenhouse emissions:

26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025

Last updated 11/3/16


EU target for reducing greenhouse emissions:

40% below 1990 levels by 2030

Last updated 11/3/16


In 2018, the global ocean surface temperature averaged 1.19°F (0.66°C) above the 20th century average.


It is predicted that for every 1 degree Celsius increase in temperature, the equivalent of 190 million blue whales in carbon dioxide is released from the soil.


It is predicted that in order to avoid a 2 degree Celsius increase in temperature, greenhouse gas emissions will have to be cut by approx 10 billion tons per year by 2030.


Percentage of American Meteorological Society (AMS) Members that believe climate change is happening:

96%

Last updated 3/24/16


Percentage of American Meteorological Society (AMS) Members that believe climate change is caused by natural events:

5%

Last updated 3/24/16


Percentage of American Meteorological Society (AMS) Members that believe climate change can be averted:

18%

Last updated 3/24/16


Projected number of homes in the US that may be underwater by 2100:

1.9 million homes

Last updated 10/18/17


US metro region projected to be hardest hit by rising seas:

Miami, Fl

Last updated 10/18/17


US state projected to be hardest hit by rising seas:

Florida

Last updated 10/18/17


Increase in global temperature from 2014-2015:

0.23 degrees


The US saw 14 billion dollar weather related disasters in 2018 totaling close to $100 billion in damages.


Current carbon dioxide level in the air:

411 parts per million

Last updated 4/1/19


Carbon dioxide levels in the air are at their highest in 650,000 years.

Last updated 4/1/19


The Earth has seen 400 consecutive hotter-than-average months.

Last updated 5/18/18


Amount of snow and ice the Earth reportedly loses annually:

up to 390 billion tons

Last updated 4/9/19


Since 1961, the Earth has lost 10.6 trillion tons of snow and ice, which is enough to cover the US in 4 feet of water.

Last updated 4/9/18


Amount of water ice loss in Greenland has contributed to the global sea level since 1972:

about half an inch

Last updated 4/22/19


The concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is higher than at any point in the past 800,000 years.

Last updated 5/13/19


Estimated cost of new seawalls for the lower 48 United States to combat sea level rise:

$400 billion ($76 billion for Florida alone)


Amount of new seawalls that may be required to be built by 2040 to protect coastal communities in the lower 48 United States:

50,000 miles of barriers


Average number of days per year that the US Southeast sees flooding from unusually high tides:

5 days per year (record high and 190% increase from 2000)

Last updated 7/10/19


On July 4, 2019, Anchorage, Alaska reached 90 degrees for the first time ever. This was 5 degrees higher than their previous high of 85 degrees (June 14, 1969).


June 2019 was the hottest June in recorded history.

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