13 Graphs That Suggest The Planet Might Be Totally Screwed

Well this is alarming. Taken from 10 Billion, a new book by Stephen Emmott.


1. Adapted from UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
2. Adapted from UN Environment Programme Water Statistics, 2008, FAO
4. Adapted from US Energy Information Administration, International Energy
Outlook 2011
(EIA, 2011)
5. Adapted from data from the US Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center,
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
6. Adapted from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UC San Diego) CO2
program, ŒClimate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis¹, Working Group 1
contribution to IPCC, Fourth Assessment Report, CUP 2007; C.M. MacFarling
Meure et al. ŒLaw Dome CO2 CH4 and N2O ice core records extended to 2000
years BP¹, Geophysical Research Letters 33, 14 (2006)
7. Adapted from J.E. Hansen et al. Goddard Institute for Space Studies,
8. Compiled from data from the US National Interagency Fire Center, 2010;
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Report, 2005. Data for 2000-2010 are USA
9. Adapted from Steffen et al. ŒThe Anthropocene: From Global Change to
Planetary Stewardship¹, AMBIO, October 2011 (Royal Swedish Academy of
10. Adapted from data from the NOAA Ocean Climate Laboratory and World Ocean
Databse; S. Levitus et al. World ocean heat content and thermosteric sea
level change (0-2000 m), 1955-2010¹, Geophysical Research Letters, 39, 10,
11. Compiled from data from ICIMOD and UNEP-Grid Arendal, 2010; Millennium
Ecosystem Assessment Resport
, 2005
12. Adapted from Steffen et al. The Anthropocene: From Global Change to
Planetary Stewardship¹, AMBIO, October 2011 (Royal Swedish Academy of
Sciences); FAO, The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2012 (FAO,
2012); B. Worm et al. Rebuilding global fisheries¹, Science, 325 (2009)
13. Adapted from S. Pimm and P. Raven, Biodiversity: Extinction by
numbers¹, Nature, 403 (2000); A. barnosky et al. Has the Earth¹s sixth mass
extinction already arrived?¹, Nature, 471 (2011).

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