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Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. These shifts may be natural, such as through variations in the solar cycle. But since the 1800s, human activities have been the main driver of climate change, primarily due to burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas.

Burning fossil fuels generates greenhouse gas emissions that act like a blanket wrapped around the Earth, trapping the sun’s heat and raising temperatures.

Examples of greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change include carbon dioxide and methane. These come from using gasoline for driving a car or coal for heating a building, for example. Clearing land and forests can also release carbon dioxide. Landfills for garbage are a major source of methane emissions. Energy, industry, transport, buildings, agriculture and land use are among the main emitters.

The Earth is feeling the heat.

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Greenhouse gas concentrations are at their highest levels in 2 million years

Click here to read more from the United Nations about Climate Change.


International efforts are underway to advance a global just transition away from fossil fuels, including a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, a Plastics Treaty and a Global Green New Deal. We hear from leading voices in this transition about the need to act with urgency and fairness.

Chair: Alex Rafalowicz, Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty initiative Speakers: Dean Bhebhe, PowerShift Africa Pacific Climate Warriors; Dan Lert, Deputy Mayor of Paris; Dr. Maria Neira, WHO; Eriel Deranger, Indigenous Climate Action; Nikki Reisch, CIEL; Asad Rehman, War on Want

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By Published On: November 17th, 2022Comments Off on COP 27 Report: Commentary and information, inside COP27 with actions to take

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