The Global Challenge
What is climate Change?
The Earth has warmed by 0.74°C over the last hundred years. Around 0.4°C of this warming has occurred since the 1970’s. The recent Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has confirmed that human activity is the primary reason for the observed changes in climate.
Carbon, Carbon…. Everywhere……
Carbon is everywhere, the building blocks of nature and over a long period of time, most of the carbon had been locked away into large forested areas, or in the form of coal, oil and gas. Since the Victorian times, human activity, mostly through the burning of fossil fuels, has been releasing that CO2 into our atmosphere.
Indeed almost everything we do results in carbon emissions – from breathing, to driving the car, lighting and heating our homes, in the production of the clothes we wear and the food we eat.
0.85 - The amount in °C that the world's land and oceans warmed between 1880 and 2012.
3.7 - The amount in °C of extra global surface warming we will likely see between 2081 and 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions stay roughly constant.
40 - The percentage rise in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere between the years 1750 and 2011.
275 Billion - The amount of ice in tonnes per year which "very likely" melted from the world's glaciers between 1993 and 2009.
2 Trillion - Tonnes of carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere from fossil fuel burning, cement production, deforestation and land clearing between 1750 and 2011.
So what can be done? Well, we are committed to minimising our Carbon footprint as part of a proactive, responsible approach to endurance event management (see, The Solution).
Hammer the Race, Leave no Trace!