New Research Shows How Climate Change Will REALLY Affect Your Life

mbg Sustainability Editor By Emma Loewe
mbg Sustainability Editor
Emma is the Sustainability Editor at mindbodygreen and the author of "The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide To Ancient Self Care."

As far as hot topics are concerned, this one deserves your attention.

A new study by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) found that the amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2014.

The study focused on methane, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide — the latter being particularly harmful to human and environmental health.

“We can’t see CO2. It is an invisible threat, but a very real one. It means hotter global temperatures, more extreme weather events like heatwaves and floods, melting ice, rising sea levels and increased acidity of the oceans. This is happening now and we are moving into unchartered territory at a frightening speed,” Michel Jarraud, WMO Secretary-General, said in the study's report.

Resource-intensive human activities like agriculture and transportation have caused a steady influx of this heat-trapping gas in recent decades, and there's been a 36% increase in the global warming effect since 1990.

The British Meteorological Office just reminded us why these hotter days are so dangerous. Today, they announced that the earth has officially warmed by 1 degree Celsius (1.6 degrees Fahrenheit) since temperature recordings started in the 1880s.

Their research says that if current temperature trends continue and this number reaches 2 degrees Celsius, oceans will swallow the land that 280 million people call home. And if the world warms by 4 degrees, 600 million people will be displaced.

Our individual carbon footprints are clearly forming a trail of destruction, and real change needs to be made. Let's hope that the Paris Climate Summit, slated to begin later this month, can spur it.

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