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EditPhoto Description:Climate change is reshaping human civilization. How we respond will determine the future of our species.
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Our food system, our economies, our cities and our communities — they’re all adapted to the climate we currently live in.


But what if the climate changes too fast for us to keep up?

The fate of the one and only planet we’ve ever called home is uncertain. It is in everyone's interest to come together to address the challenges we face.

 

Why is our climate important?

Climate Stability

Carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases occur naturally, trapping heat in the atmosphere and keeping Earth’s climate stable. But human activities over the last few centuries have released greenhouse gases at levels that are destabilizing the climate — far too quickly for human institutions, and the species they rely on, to keep up. In 2013, CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere hit 400 parts per million — the highest they’ve been in 3 million years.

Protection from Storms

From big cities to small communities, 50% of the global population lives near the coast—and they are all at risk from destructive storms, which will become more frequent with the changing climate and sea level rise, which will cause more storm surges.

Water We Drink

Everyone deserves access to fresh water. But climate change puts that access at risk. A warmer world means that some areas will become too dry, causing prolonged droughts. By one estimate, climate impacts will cause up to a 50% decline in water availability in many areas, causing irreparable losses to livelihoods and ways of life and potentially causing conflicts over water use. Other areas will be too wet — and could face increased incidence of devastating floods.

Food We Eat

Scientists estimate that, by 2050, global demand for food will nearly double. Yet the latest research shows that climate change is already disrupting growing seasons in many parts of the world, and the situation will only get worse. We need to use our water and land more efficiently — and support the farmers whose livelihoods are at risk — if we are going to rise to the challenge of feeding everyone who lives on a warming planet.

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EditText:The burning of fossil fuels is the #1 source of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. If emissions continue to rise, we’ll be locked in to devastating rises in temperature. Moving toward a more diversified, cleaner energy portfolio and scaling up energy efficiency lessen our dependence on fossil fuels — and are critical steps toward reducing our emissions.

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EditText:From big cities to small communities, 50% of the global population live near the coast. But this way of life is deeply imperiled by rising seas, coastal erosion and storms that are intensified by climate change. Habitat destruction and land use changes are degrading and destroying natural buffers — wetlands and coastal forests — that help protect against storm surges and rising sea levels.

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EditText:Massive amounts of carbon are locked away in tropical forests. When we destroy these forests to clear land for ranches or farms, that carbon gets released into the atmosphere and accelerates climate change. The effects are felt globally: Studies have found that deforestation accounts for 11% of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, and land use change is responsible for an additional 5%. 

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    EditText:It will take an estimated US$ 70 billion per year — less than 0.1% of global GDP — to make the changes humanity needs to adapt to a warming world. Effective and innovative financing from a range of sources is needed to reduce deforestation and support technologies that will reduce emissions. Unfortunately, global contributions to climate finance fall severely short of this need.
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    EditText title:Using nature to reduce emissions
    EditText:One of the best ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Rely on nature. CI has been a pioneer in finding ways to help keep carbon stored in natural ecosystems. For example, we’re discovering new ways to protect places like tropical rainforests and mangroves — not just for their climate value, but also for the benefits they give to people.
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    EditCaption Title:REDD+: Saving Forests to Keep Our Climate Safe
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    EditSection Title:Adapting to a changing climate
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    EditImage Description: Measuring the growth of a newly planted mangrove in a reforestation project in the Philippines. © Nandini Narayanan
    EditText: Around the world, many of the most vulnerable communities are already struggling to cope with the impacts of climate change. CI and our partners work on the ground to help these communities face the challenges posed by rising sea levels, severe storms and more frequent flooding. Our work helps to find cost-effective solutions that deliver long-term results.
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    EditText: Climate change puts us in a food fix. On the one hand, some land use practices contribute to global emissions. On the other, people and communities depend on agriculture for their income and sustenance. One solution to this challenge: sustainable agriculture. CI works to find new ways of farming that support a healthy environment, minimize climate impacts and create a better quality of life for farmers.
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    EditText: By 2050, scientists estimate, we need to reduce worldwide emissions to at least half of their 1990 levels in order to avoid further harmful impacts from climate change. It’s an urgent challenge, and it requires an equally urgent response from governments everywhere. That’s why CI works to inform climate policy. We offer on-the-ground expertise, scientific know-how and practical recommendations so policymakers have the information they need to make smart decisions.
    READ MORE: Creating Policies That Address Climate Change
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