Last May, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the concentration of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in the Earth’s atmosphere surpassed 400 parts per million. The last time CO2 levels were 400 ppm and temperatures then were six degrees warmer. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects these changes due to Climate Change:
- Increase Earth's average temperature
- Influence the patterns and amounts of precipitation
- Reduce ice and snow cover, as well as permafrost
- Raise sea level
- Increase the acidity of the oceans
Warming temperatures with changes in frequency and amount of precipitation will affect watersheds and storage throughout the world, causing more severe drought and floods. Climate change will have a direct effect on Hunter Industries, which relies on healthy watersheds and storage infrastructure for the vitality of its irrigation business.