"Climate change is characterized by an abrupt increase in the Earth's temperature."
Earth's temperature "is estimated to have gotten 1.2 to 1.4℉ warmer in just the last century."
"10 out of the last 13 years were the warmest on record."
97% of climate scientists say climate change is caused by human activities.
Since the Industrial Revolution, we have "learned how the natural resources around us can be used for our benefit."
Our increase in consumption has led to the increase of greenhouse gases we emit into the atmosphere.
"Modern human activities have increased the release of non-naturally occurring greenhouse gases" due to burning fossil fuels.
"The composition of greenhouse gases traps heat radiated from the sun." More trapped heat = warmer planet.
"As our planet gets warmer, we begin to feel the effects."
"One of climate changes biggest victims is our oceans."
"Climate change has increased the global temperature of the oceans by more than .3℉ since 1969."
A warmer ocean "has devastating consequences for supporting life at sea."
A 30% increase in ocean acidification "means species are at risk," which affects the entire ocean food web.
"This is bad news for the 1 billion people relying on the ocean as its primary source for protein."
"Climate change has also caused sea level to rise 6.7 inches just in the last century, but the rate in the last decade is nearly double."
One reason sea level is rising is because "glaciers and ice sheets are melting."
"Troubling signs of climate change are increased extreme weather events."
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