Facts and Figures - Global warming

  • In the world of today, it is warmer than at any time during the past 1000 years. The warmest years of the previous century have occurred within the past decade. Scientists expect global surface temperatures to rise 0.6-2.5 C in the next five years. Source: World Meteorological Organisation 
  • The most common gas that causes global warming is carbon dioxide (CO2). In the UK, around a third of CO2 emissions come from power stations which produce electricity. Source: Friends of the Earth
  • The UK with 1% of the world's population produces 2.3% of the world's C02. Source: Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Centre
  • The UK currently emits 560 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) every year. Under the Kyoto protocol, UK government target is to cut this by 12.5% by 2012, compared to 1990 levels. Source: Sustainable Development Commission
  • Electricity suppliers are to source up to 10% of their power from renewable sources by 2010, and 15% by 2015. Scotland aims for 40% renewables generation by 2020. Source: Sustainable Development Commission