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Welcome to the thermoSTATS archive. Catch up on all the pithy pairings of climate stats that you missed. We add new ones every week.


For the week of May 23, 2010

1
Rank of US (tied with China) in total renewable energy capacity, in 2009. [Says who?] - PDF

19
Rank of US in terms of clean energy sales per unit of GDP. [Says who?] - PDF


For the week of May 16, 2010

5,000
Barrels per day of crude oil originally estimated to be escaping from the breached BP wellhead off the Gulf Coast. [Says who?]

70,000
Revised estimate, two weeks into the disaster. [Says who?]


For the week of May 9, 2010

1 million
Minimum tons of CO2 absorbed by the world's oceans per hour. [Says who?]

30
Percent more acidic the oceans are today than they were 200 years ago. [Says who?]


For the week of May 2, 2010

18
Percent by which total energy consumption per capita in California DECREASED from 1970 to 2006. [Says who?]

5
Percent by which it INCREASED in the rest of the United States. . [Says who?]


For the week of April 25, 2010

500
Minimum parts per million of CO2 that would be in the Earth's atmosphere if humans burned all fossil fuels. [Says who?]

246
Feet sea levels would mostly likely rise if CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere reached 500ppm. [Says who?]


For the week of April 18, 2010

0.6
Minimum increase in average global temperature over the last century, in degrees Celsius. [Says who?]

0.5
Temperature drop in some regions after the 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, in degrees C. [Says who?]


For the week of April 11, 2010

83
Percentage of Californians who said we could both reduce greenhouse gases and grow the economy, in 2007. [Says who?]

69
Percentage who say so now. [Says who?]


For the week of April 4, 2010

1.5 million
Gallons of gasoline California's fuel efficiency standards will save by 2016. [Says who?]

11.6 billion
Gallons to be saved nationwide with the new federal standards modeled on California's. [Says who?]


For the week of March 28, 2010

2.4
Percent the state gross product is expected to grow annually by 2020, if California's climate change law is implemented. [Says who?]

2.4
Percent growth if AB 32 is NOT implemented. [Says who?]


For the week of March 21, 2010

18,000
Number of deaths associated per year with fine airborne particulate exposure in California. [Says who?]

50
Minimum increase in number of premature deaths per year due to local CO2 emissions. [Says who?]


For the week of March 14, 2010

43,400
Number of low-income housing units in California to be weatherized with Recovery Act funds between February 2009 and March 2012. [Says who?]

849
Number completed in the first 12 months. [Says who?]


For the week of February 28, 2010

941 million
Metric tons of CO2 saved by 2020, by new national tailpipe emissions standard that takes effect in 2012. [Says who?]

793 million
Amount saved if the rules had been adopted by only California and 13 states that proposed it. [Says who?]


For the week of February 21, 2010

12
Percent of the US petroleum diet consumed by tractor-trailers. [Says who?]

50
Percent of energy produced by standard semi-truck engines used to overcome aerodynamic drag at highway speeds. [Says who?]


For the week of February 14, 2010

5,000
Cubic meters of snow trucked or flown in to the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games by the opening ceremonies. [Says who?]

45.1
Inches of snow that had fallen on Washington, DC by the same date (season record is 54.4 inches, set in 1898-1899). [Says who?]


For the week of February 7, 2010

60
Percent of Americans who say they've heard "nothing at all" about cap-and-trade. [Says who?]

12
Percent who have heard "a lot." [Says who?]


For the week of January 31, 2010

2.2
Pounds of CO2 exhaled by one person per day. [Says who?]

19.4
Pounds produced by burning a gallon of gasoline. [Says who?]


For the week of January 24, 2010

15
Number of feet that California's largest reservoir, Shasta Lake, rose during six days of rain last week. [Says who?]

1.3 million
Number of people that amount of water typically supplies for a year. [Says who?]


For the week of January 17, 2010

46
Current percentage of California's solar market owned by Chinese interests, in terms of supplied megawatts. [Says who?]

2
Percentage of China's share three years ago. [Says who?]


For the week of January 10, 2009

5.4
Degrees Fahrenheit global temperatures are predicted to warm over the next century, according to the IPCC's intermediate emissions scenario (A1B) [PDF]. [Says who?]

.26
Miles ecosystems will need to shift to keep pace. [Says who?]


For the week of January 3, 2009

2
Maximum global warming (from pre-industrial times) targeted by nations at the Copenhagen climate conference in degrees Celsius. [Says who?]

3
Degrees of warming likely if all nations keep to current commitments toward reducing greenhouse gases. [Says who?]


For the week of December 20, 2009

2.5 trillion
California real estate assets at risk from extreme weather events, sea level rise, and wildfires, in dollars. [Says who?]

1.8 trillion
California Gross State Product for 2008, in dollars. [Says who?]


For the week of December 13, 2009

3,500
Number of credentialed journalists at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen. [Says who?]

4,000
Number at last season's NFL Super Bowl [Says who?]


For the week of December 6, 2009

20.3
Percentage of global carbon dioxide emissions that come from the U.S. [Says who?]

8.3
Percentage of U.S. emissions that come from California. [Says who?]


For the week of November 29, 2009

17%
Proposed US emissions reduction by 2020, based on 2005 levels. [Says who?]

12.8%
Proposed EU target, converted to the same baseline. [Says who?]


For the week of November 22, 2009

7
Percent of California's GHG emissions produced by all oil refineries in the state, combined. [Says who?]

39
Percent from transportation. [Says who?]


For the week of November 15, 2009

$11.14 billion
Total of California's 2010 water bond. [Says who?]

20 million
Portion specifically devoted to climate change programs (less than 1%). [Says who?]


For the week of November 8, 2009

16.5
Millions of acre-feet of water, to which parties to the Colorado River Compact are entitled annually. [Says who?]

13.5
Actual annual flow, averaged over 300 years. [Says who?]


For the week of November 1, 2009

163,000
Number of extra light rail trips during two days of the San Francisco Bay Bridge closure last week. [Says who?]

1.8 million
Estimated pounds of CO2 emissions saved from not driving. [Says who?]


For the week of October 25, 2009

2,787
Megawatts of installed wind power in California, as of September 2009. [Says who?]

3,053
In Iowa. [Says who?]


For the week of October 18, 2009

1.5 billion
Predicted maximum population the Earth could support should temperatures increase by 5 degrees C. [Says who?]

6.8 billion
Current world population. [Says who?]


For the week of October 11, 2009

15
Cents per kilowatt-hour that California utilities are expected to pay, in cash, for surplus solar power produced by small generators. [Says who?]

0
Cash amount paid now. [Says who?]


For the week of October 4, 2009

821
Number of pages in the Kerry-Boxer climate bill, introduced last wee [Says who?]

1428
Number of pages in the version already passed by the House. [Says who?]


For the week of September 27, 2009

7
Inches the ocean has risen along the California coastline during the last century. [Says who?]

55
Inches of additional rise that could occur by 2100, under severe warming scenario. [Says who?]


For the week of September 20, 2009

33
Percentage of California's electricity required from renewable sources by 2020, by executive order. [Says who?]

13.5
Actual percentage in 2008 (excluding large-scale hydroelectric). [Says who?]


For the week of September 13, 2009

41
Percentage of California's "usable surface water" used by agriculture. [Says who?]

9
Percentage used by cities and industry [Says who?]


For the week of September 6, 2009

290
Millions of metric tons of CO2 released by U.S. wildfires each year (averaged). [Says who?]

314
By personal vehicles in the U.S. in 2004. [Says who?]


For the week of August 31, 2009

10
The average number of hurricanes and tropical storms per year in the North Atlantic from 1850 to 1990. [Says who?]

18
Number in 2008. [Says who?]


For the week of August 23, 2009

7
Inches the sea has risen along the California coastline during the last century. [Says who?]

200
Square miles of low-lying infill around the San Francisco Bay Area that could be affected by continued sea-level rise. [Says who?]


For the week of August 16, 2009

11.8
Percent of California's total energy generation that came from renewable sources in 2007. [Says who? - PDF]

2.4
Percent for the U.S. [Says who? - PDF]


For the week of August 9, 2009

4
Tons of annual CO2 emissions per capita in Mexico, as of 2006. [Says who?]

20
In the United States. [Says who?]


For the week of August 2, 2009

4
Percentage of California Democrats who say effects of global warming "will never happen". [Says who?]

34
Percentage of California Republicans who say this. [Says who?]


For the week of July 26, 2009

90
Percentage of Californians who live in regions that violate air quality standards. [Says who?]

75 to 85
Percentage by which the number of poor air quality days in California cities is expected to increase due to rising temperatures. [Says who?]


For the week of July 19, 2009

150
Number of glaciers in Glacier National Park in 1850. [Says who?]

0
Number predicted in 2020. [Says who?]


For the week of July 12, 2009

175
Average annual cost per household, in dollars, of the Waxman-Markey climate change legislation by 2020, according to the Congressional Budget Office. [Says who?]

1,870
The same cost, as calculated by the Heritage Foundation. [Says who?]


For the week of July 6, 2009

8
Tons of greenhouse gas emissions from family of three flying San Francisco to Boston (2,700 miles/commercial airliner). [Says who?]

1.5
Tons for the same family traveling by car (3,100 miles/Toyota Corolla). [Says who?]


For the week of June 29, 2009

55
Gallons of water saved per year by getting rid of one square foot of lawn in Nevada. [Says who?]

49,421
Square miles of lawn in the US. [Says who?]


For the week of June 22, 2009

400,000
Years that atmospheric CO2 concentrations remained at or below 280 parts per million. [Says who?]

156
Years it took for CO2 levels to reach 380ppm. [Says who?]


For the week of June 15, 2009

1975
Year the term "global warming" first appeared in a scientific publication. [Says who? - PDF]

34.8 million
Approximate number of results the term now generates in a Google search


For the week of June 8, 2009

11
Percent by which the Sierra Nevada snowpack has decreased since 1950. [Says who? - PDF]

75
Percentage of water used in the Western United States that comes from mountain runoff. [Says who? - PDF]


For the week of June 1, 2009

13
Percentage of Americans that suffer from hay fever. [Says who? - PDF]

60
Percentage increase in ragweed pollen if CO2 levels double. [Says who? - PDF]


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