Climate Change

Climate change is the long-term alteration of temperature and weather patterns. Unexpected changes in weather patterns make it difficult to maintain and grow crops in regions that rely on farming because expected temperature and rainfall levels can no longer be counted on. Climate change has also been connected with other damaging weather events, such as more frequent and more intense hurricanes, typhoons, floods, downpours, and winter storms. Climate change is largely caused by human activity, primarily the burning of fossil fuels like oil, coal, and natural gas. Carbon emissions from fossil fuels, methane, and nitrous oxide, among others, are called “greenhouse gases.” When released into the Earth’s atmosphere, these gases trap heat from the sun’s rays causing Earth’s average temperature to rise. This rise in the planet's temperature is called global warming. While the climate has continually changed throughout the Earth's history, it has usually been a slow process over thousands of years. Climate change caused by human activity is occurring at a much faster and more dangerous rate.

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Glasgow Climate Change Conference

The Glasgow Climate Change Conference is a uniquely symbolic moment occurring in uncertain times.
Conference of the Parties (COP) 31 October 2021 - 12 November 2021

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Glasgow Climate Change Conference

The Glasgow Climate Change Conference is a uniquely symbolic moment occurring in uncertain times.
Conference of the Parties (COP) 31 October 2021 - 12 November 2021

The Paradox of Pledging

With less than a month until the Glasgow Climate Change Conference, we ask: Is flexibility justified in environmental action?
Article

High-level Dialogue on Energy

UN Secretary-General António Guterres convened the UN High-level Dialogue on Energy (HLDE) under the auspices of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).
Event 24 September 2021

Energy Action Days

Immediately prior to the High-level Dialogue on Energy (HLDE), Energy Action Days brought together representatives of business, foundations, cities, youth and other segments of civil society to announce “Energy Compact” commitments.
Event 22 September 2021 - 23 September 2021