Dangerous Degrees


Aug 12, 2013 - 12:00pm

Today, CO2 emissions from fossil fuels are around 50 per cent higher than they were 20 years ago, and have been rising each year. This kind of change to the chemical mixture in the air doesn’t come without consequences. Acting like a blanket, the build-up of greenhouse gases is the main reason why the average global temperature has risen by nearly 1°C in the last century. 

The Dangerous Degrees booklet explains why a rise of only a few degrees in the average global temperature risks our prosperity, security, and health. It explains why it is so important to reverse the rise in emissions within the decade and why it is still within our means to do so. 

You can also access relevant infographics and videos from this page. 

To access the media release click here.
To access the media release click here.
Dangerous Degrees
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Dangerous Degrees
John Connor, John Hewson and Tony McMichael discuss why a few degrees matters.
Download a SlideShare presentation on Dangerous Degrees.
Creative Fellow Michael Hall’s photos represent the tragic reality of climate extremes.

If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse.

Paul Hawken
Author, journalist, and entrepreneur


This project was possible thanks to support from the Dara Fund No. 2 (a sub fund of the Australian Communities Foundation) and The Poola Charitable Foundation (Tom Kantor Fund). We would also like to acknowledge the support of Michael and Silvia Kantor and the Nelson Meers Foundation towards our Creative Fellowship.

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