Climate Change

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In West and Central Africa, climate change is experienced through rising temperatures, droughts and destructive floods, strongly affecting people’s well-being. The United Nations mobilizes and coordinates humanitarian assistance to people in need worldwide.

Transforming the way our world produces energy will be critical to tackling both the climate crisis and the energy access crisis. Now, 80 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions stems from our energy production, making it one of the main drivers of climate change. And 760 million people live without electricity, while 2.6 billion cook with dirty, unhealthy fuels. A global roadmap to 2030 has been proposed.

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There’s no denying it - we must tackle the climate emergency. Ending burning fossil fuels to get energy will take solutions in every industry, at every scale, in every nation in the world. No Denying It, is the UN climate action podcast, bringing you the voices of young climate changemakers from across our warming planet. Produced by UN News, this first episode, presents Old Crow, home of the Yukon’s new solar installation project, which, when complete, will allow the community to stop burning nearly 200,000 litres of diesel fuel annually.

The consequences of climate change spare no one. The devastating effects are widespread. During climate crises, gender-based violence increases. Rates of child marriage rise. Maternal and birth outcomes worsen. We must work together to end the climate crisis. UNFPA calls to defend our shared planet and help protect the most vulnerable.


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There’s no denying there’s a climate crisis, and the UN is leading a call to action. Now you can stay updated on the latest developments from UN News. In November, world leaders are heading to the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow to address ways to tackle our current climate challenges. The science, the Paris Agreement, the political negotiations... there's a lot that needs to be explained. In each instalment of this newsletter, we want to deliver the key information you need, to be an active participant in the battle to prevent global heating from destroying our world.

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As preparations gear up for this November’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, the leading scientific body responsible for assessing the latest evidence on climate change said that human activity is “indisputably” to blame. Although it’s perhaps little comfort for the many millions affected by weather disasters today, Jonathan Lynn, Spokesperson for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) told UN News’s Daniel Johnson, that there is a chance that by limiting greenhouse gas emissions, we can slow down sea level rise and significantly slow global warming.

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), UN body for assessing the science related to climate change, launches a new report: “Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis.” This document provides the latest knowledge on past warming and future warming projections. It shows how and why the climate has changed to date, including an improved understanding of human influence on the climate including extreme events. The report is possible thanks to 234 report authors and experts all over the world that regularly assess the rich body of scientific literature and papers.

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Devishi Jha,18, is climate activist and Director of Partnerships at Zero Hour, an international youth-led climate justice organization. Jha speaks up for climate action because she wants a secure future for her generation and those to come after. UN Women introduces this young changemaker leading the way. Youth advocates are extremely conscious and are paving the way for future action in sustainability and climate justice, so it is imperative to collectively listen to those voices.

Aidan Gallagher, actor, singer-musician and Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Environment Programme, explains how the Paris Climate Agreement is our roadmap to creating a world of clean air and clean energy, with vibrant forests and oceans. As we approach Earth Day and the Leaders’ Climate Summit, collective action to limit global temperature rises has never been more urgent. This is the first in a series of explainers called "Within our grasp". Narrated by environmentalists around the globe, "Within our grasp" shows how the Paris Agreement will help tackle the climate crisis.