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Sound and independent information
on the environment

Key facts

Understanding climate change - key fact 1

The concentration of 'Kyoto gases' reached 438 ppm CO2-equivalent in 2008.

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Understanding climate change - key fact 2

By 2100, the concentration of 'Kyoto gases' is projected to increase to 638-1360 ppm CO2-equivalent.

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Understanding climate change - key fact 3

The decade 2000-2009 was the warmest on record. Europe has warmed more than the global average.

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Understanding climate change - key fact 4

By 2100, ocean acidity could be higher than during the past 20 million years.

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Understanding climate change - key fact 5

The third lowest minimum of Arctic summer sea ice occurred in September 2010.

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Understanding climate change - key fact 6

In 2007, the IPCC projected a sea level rise of 0.18 to 0.59 m above the 1990 level by 2100.

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Understanding climate change - key fact 7

Recent projections show a maximum increase of sea level of about 1.0 m by 2100, while higher values up to 2.0 m cannot be excluded.

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