How Earth's 'Unprecedented' CO2 Levels Could Result in Millions of Climate Refugees

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Published on April 22, 2019 - Duration: 01:13s

How Earth's 'Unprecedented' CO2 Levels Could Result in Millions of Climate Refugees

Scientists say we need to take steps to make sure there are many more to celebrate in the future.

Veuer's Justin Kircher has more.

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How Earth's 'Unprecedented' CO2 Levels Could Result in Millions of Climate Refugees

While we are coming up on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day next year, scientists say unfortunately we are not short on a growing amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.????Mashable reports that on the first Earth Day in 1970, the planet’s levels of the greenhouse gas measured around 325 parts per million…????...and in 2019, the planet’s atmosphere reading is about 90ppm higher, at more than 412 parts per million.????Scientists speaking to the publication called the CO2 jump “unprecedented” in the last 800,000 years.????According to the U.S. Global Change Research Program, at this rate the planet’s temperature as a whole could rise between 4.7 and 8.6 degrees fahrenheit over this century.????When speaking on NPR, David Wallace-Wells, author of “The Uninhabitable Earth”...????...said an increase of 4.3 degrees could result in as many as 100 million refugees due to climate change by 2050…????...as well as $600 trillion in damages, that’s roughly double the world’s current wealth.????Matthew Lachniet, a climate scientist at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas looked to policy changes…????...telling Mashable “The decisions we make or don’t make today will have an influence on climate 1,000 years from now.”

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