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- 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have occurred since 2000.
- 2014 was the warmest year on record, with global temperatures 0.68C above the long-term average
- We can only afford to burn 565 gigatons of carbon dioxide to stay below 2 degrees of warming. Known fossil fuel reserves, which the fossil fuel industry plans to burn, amount to 2,795 gigatons. That means we must keep 4/5 of all known fossil fuel reserves in the ground to stay below 2 degrees warming.
- We could see ice free summers in the Arctic within 20-30 years.
- The world has already warmed by 0.85C since 1880
- Dangerous sea-level rise will very likely impact 70 percent of the world’s coastlines by the end of the century.
- Sea levels globally have already risen by about 20 centimetres and are expected to rise by a further 30cm by 2050
- About 90 percent of the energy that has gone into the climate system since 1971 went into the ocean.
- Treasury NZ figures show failing to take action to cut greenhouse gas emissions will cost between $2,000 and $34,000 per household
- Ministry for the Environment projections based on current policy have New Zealand on track to increase our emissions by 50% in the next decade
 NASA research, as reported here http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30852588
 Lastest IPCC report, http://www.climatechange2013.org/images/report/WG1AR5_SPM_FINAL.pdf p. 5
 From the latest IPCC report, as reported here http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/11/10-things-you-need-know-new-ipcc-climate-report