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Saturday’s annual Earth Day celebration comes at a pivotal moment for a number of global environmental issues.

This year marks the 47th annual Earth Day event, which began on April 22, 1970. According to the campaign’s estimate, more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day festivities every year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

Environment and pollution-related issues continue to make headlines in the weeks leading up to Earth Day, with major environmental crises across the planet.

The Guardian on Monday published its report on a new climate change study stating that unless global fossil fuel output is substantially curbed soon, by the mid 21st century human beings will have achieved a climate change rate not seen for the last 50 million years, back when the Ice Age came to an end.

The effects of this unprecedented rise in temperature continue to be felt around the globe, including the coastal U.S. In South Florida communities like Broward County, ocean water routinely flows up drainage pipes and into the streets during seasonal high tides, the Sun Sentinel reported.

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