The Earth is warming up!
2 °C is a limit that we cannot cross

Industrialization and climate change

Climate change is caused by an increased concentration of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere. Human activities are the main reason that emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and other greenhouse gases are rising. In order to avoid irreversible changes to our climate, we must make sure that the average global temperature does not exceed an 1.5-2° Celsius increase compared to the averages recorded before the Industrial Revolution (mid-19th century). This will mean limiting our collective emissions and setting a so-called “carbon budget”. Between the years 2000 and 2100, this means we cannot exceed 2380 gigatonnes CO2.

Population:

1 260 000 000 1 360 000 000 2 000 000 000 3 000 000 000 3 700 000 000 6 000 000 000 6 400 000 000 6 500 000 000 7 100 000 000 7 260 000 000

% of CO2 budget:

0% 2,2% 11,5% 21% 27,6% 50% 58% 60% 70% 74%

  • 19th century

  • 1896

  • 1927

  • 1957

  • 1970

  • 1997

  • 2006

  • 2007

  • 2013

  • 2015

19th century

Industrial Revolution

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1896

First scientific publication about climate change

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1927

CO2-emissions exceed 1 billion tonnes per year

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1957

First measurements taken of CO2-levels in the atmosphere

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1970

First attempt to reach an international agreement on climate change

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1997

Kyoto Protocol

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2006

Evidence that climate change can influence the economy

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2007

Rapidly melting glaciers (global sea levels have risen by 25 cm compared to 1870)

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2013

In New-Zealand, the first asylum applications are filed by climate refugees

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2015

Paris Climate Summit

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What happens if we cross the 2 degree Celsius limit?

An increase in average global temperatures will affect nature, and consequently, us. We can compare the health of our planet to the health of a person. A few degrees may not seem like much, but - like a person with an elevated temperature - our planet is already showing symptoms. Scientists have calculated that a 2 degree increase (compared to pre-industrial values) is the maximum that our planet can take. Below, you can see what happens if the average temperature rises even more:

What will you do?

We can all help reduce climate change, by acting in an environmentally friendly way and thus respecting and preserving Latvia’s natural treasures.

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I promise to:

Reduce and separate waste.

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Separate and hand in hazardous waste.

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Compost organic waste.

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Be active and healthy.

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Consume fewer imported products.

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Choose local, seasonal, organically grown food.

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Reduce consumption of animal products.

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Give up packaged water.

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Become an environmental activist.

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Choose environmentally friendly produced energy.

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Organize living space energy-effectively.

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Save electricity.

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Walk, cycle or use public transport.

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Fly less.

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Plant at least one tree.

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