Leave Fossil Buried and Save Humankind

COVID-19 showed us how challenging a crisis could be. For the climate crisis, though, there is no vaccine.

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  • There is an increase in the annual frequency of dangerous fire weather days.
  • The most economically active areas of the country have a decline in rainfall in more than 10%.
  • Heavy rainfall events are becoming more intense.
  • There is also a decline in streamflow.
  • Sea surface temperatures have risen. The warmest year on record was 2016 and eight of the ten warmest years on record occurring since 2010. The issue is killing the marine ecosystem, especially the Great Barrier and the Ningaloo reefs.
  • The ocean is acidifying, and the process is accelerating.
  • Atmospheric CO₂ still increases year over year.

Reduced emissions because of COVID-19 will likely reduce CO₂ accumulation in the atmosphere by only about 0.2 ppm throughout 2020.

The CO₂ level in 2019 was 410 ppm. Pre-industrial concentration was 278 ppm.

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Doing simple assumptions, if we only use clean energy sources, there is a potential to return to CO₂ levels we used to have between 1950 and 1970.

We have to stop using fossil fuels. There is hope. Still, we need to change.

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Head of data science @ Evergen and aspiring writer, living in Australia. Passionate about innovation and creativity.

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