The science is unequivocal that humans are the cause of global warming and major changes are already being observed in recent extreme events. There is alarming evidence that important tipping points, leading to irreversible changes in major ecosystems and the planetary climate system, may already have been reached or passed. The current global mean temperature is about 0.87°C above pre-industrial levels (NASA, 2015) and continues to increase.
One of the most urgent challenges facing countries across the world today is how to achieve economic prosperity and development while also combating climate change.
Relevance to the SDGs
Following the inauguration of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13, the Paris Agreement pledges to keep temperature rise under 2°C and calls for global partnership in combating climate change through mitigation and adaptation measures.
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