1. WE HAVE PUT 12 TRILLIAN TONS of carbon into the atmosphere.
2. THIS HAS WARMED THE EARTH and is warming it more and more.
3. JUST ONE DEGREE increase adds 100 billion, billion Joules of Energy to the Earth.
5. WE ARE CONTINUING to add carbon dioxide and there is no end in sight.
6. THE ONLY WAY TO RETURN the Earth to a semblance of the one we knew is to remove carbon from the atmosphere.
7. THERE ARE MANY OBSTACLES: political, technical, religious and emotional that make this extremely difficult.
8. WE NEED TO PREPARE A PLAN to address these obstacles.
FROM THE 5TH UN ASSESSMENT
"There is alarming evidence that important tipping points, leading to irreversible changes in major ecosystems and the planetary climate system, may already have been reached or passed."