Know Climate Change

Green Nuggets

  • Increase of temperature by every one degree Celsius above optimum level decreases yield of crops like wheat, rice and corn by ten per cent.
  • Norway produces 99% of its electricity from hydropower.
  • A 1-metre rise in sea level would displace about 7 million people in India.
  • The decade of the 1990s was the warmest, and 1998 was the warmest year on record, since 1861.
  • The average tree planted will sequester over a 1 ton of carbon in its lifetime.
  • Developed nations, with roughly 20% of the global population, account for as much as 60% of annual emissions of carbon dioxide.
  • Frogs and toads are extremely sensitive to changes in climate. The shiny, golden toad that once inhabited the tropical forests of South America is already extinct.
  • India signed the multilateral UNFCCC treaty on 10 June 1992, and was the 38th country to ratify the Convention in November 1993.
  • Fallen leaves contain 50%–80% of the nutrients that a tree extracts from the earth. By composting them, we are helping the earth replenish itself.
  • Denmark was the first country to use wind energy and now generates over 7% of its electricity from this source.
  • Recycling one stack of newspapers about 6 feet tall saves the life of one 35 feet tall tree. Recycling approximately 1 ton of newspaper saves 17 trees.
  • Residential and commercial buildings contribute to 7.9% of the total global GHG emissions.
  • One ton of paper made completely from recycled scrap saves 26000 litres of water, 4100 kWh of energy, and three cubic yards of landfill space.
  • Transport makes up 13% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
  • According to International Energy Agency, standby mode in appliances leads to 1 % of world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
  • In India, over 20% of our greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation. Almost 80% of trees which are cut down are used for cooking fuel.