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Eco-fact Friday

This is scary: the oil industry clearly knew of the serious risks of climate change as a result of burning fossil fuels as much as 45 years ago.

In 1968, the Stanford Research Institute presented documents to the American Petroleum Institute (API) warning that the release of carbon dioxide, which occurs when fossil fuels are burned, will likely cause significant climate changes over the coming decades, including rising temperatures, melting ice caps, rising sea levels, ocean warming, and increase in photosynthesis (which releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere). The scientists who authored the report predicted that by the year 2000, the carbon dioxide in the air we breathe could reach 400 parts per million (a figure that we actually surpassed in 2015, frighteningly, with the highest measurement on record). The API and companies such as Exxon simply decided to ignore these warnings, choosing profit over public health and environmental protection. Despite this early opportunity to change the course of the world's environmental future, the oil industry stuck its proverbial head in the sand. And now we are all, as inhabitants of this planet, paying the price. However, we are all complicit in the deterioration of our natural world unless we ALL make better daily choices.

The oil industry ignored climate change warnings decades ago

As always, reduce, reuse, recycle, and conserve. Small, everyday changes can make a huge difference.

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