PEW Research, in 2018, released the results of a survey on how people around the globe view the threat of Climate Change. The majority of people surveyed see Climate Change as a major threat. But there are still countries in the world where people don't see it as a serious threat.
Well, one 1 degree Celsius doesn't seem like a large increase in temperature, what needs to be understood is that a 1-degree increase in temperature globally requires a massive increase in the amount of heat energy trapped in our atmosphere, in our oceans, and on land surfaces.
Five exaJoules (EJ) of energy to be exact.
That's a 5 followed by 18 zeros (5000000000000000000). That's equal to 5 quintillion (1018) joules.
In electrical terms, a joule equals one watt-second of energy released in one second by a current of one ampere through a one-ohm resistor.
To put that in perspective, that would be equivalent to the entire energy consumption of the United States for 4 million years.
Kelberer, Michael. 2012. "Hey Global Warming - 1 Degree? That's All You Got??." Mother Earth News. Accessed February 4, 2021. https://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/hey-global-warming--1-degree-thats-all-you-got
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