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Did You Know?

The difference between climate and weather is that weather measures the conditions of the atmosphere, while climate is the average weather for a particular region and time period (usually 30 years).

Our survival on this planet is ensured by three important gases: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and ozone. Without these gases, the planet would be 33°C colder – too cold for survival.

Forests are the green lungs of the world capable of storing huge amounts of carbon in the trees and in the soil.

Burning forests for farming and development releases the absorbed carbon back into atmosphere. The more forests are burnt, the more CO2 is released, and fewer can be absorbed.

Water is needed to produce most things we buy. Collecting, cleaning, storing and pumping water for processing, production and transport causes the emission of the greenhouse gases (GHG).

Clothes made from natural fibres such as cotton and wool are likely to have a carbon footprint more than 20 times their weight.

There are 2.3 million global jobs in renewable energy.

If sea levels rise by 1 metre, the Maldives will disappear entirely. The rise of sea levels by 50 centimetres will cause 60% of Grenada beaches to disappear.

On average, each person is using 2.7 hectares a year – this is not sustainable.

Using your mobile phone for 1 hour daily, in total adds up to more than 1 tonne of CO2 emissions per year.

The world’s energy needs for a year are met by the amount of sunshine that reaches the Earth in 2 hours.

The top 3 electrical appliances that use the most power to heat water are the dishwasher, washing machine, and tumble drier. Fridges and freezers are also energy hungry.

A worldwide switch to energy efficient lighting could cut global electricity use by 10 per cent.

If you choose to travel by train, it produces only about 10 per cent of the emissions produced by flying.

One tree is saved for every 42 notebooks made with 100 per cent recycled paper.

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