Denay Thompson, Editor: Saffiatu Johnson

Human activity is the main cause of climate change. People burn fossil fuels and convert land from forests to agriculture. Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, people have burned more and more fossil fuels and changed vast areas of land from forests to farmland.

As the earth’s atmosphere heats up, it collects, retains, and drops more water, changing weather patterns and making wet areas wetter and dry areas drier. Higher temperatures worsen and increase the frequency of many types of disasters, including storms, floods, heatwaves, and droughts.

  • We are certain we’ve caused it.
  • The last decade was the hottest in 125,000 years.
  • The ocean absorbs most of the heat we produce.CO2 is at its highest in 2 million years.
  • We are losing 1.2 trillion tons of ice each year.
  • Air pollution is both good and bad.
  • There’s more carbon dioxide in our atmosphere than at any time in human history.
  • We’re on the path to exceeding 1.5C of warming. …
  • Our remaining carbon budget is tiny.
  • Extreme heat events have become more frequent and severe.
  • Humans have already caused 1.07C of warming.

More frequent and intense drought, storms, heatwaves, rising sea levels, melting glaciers and warming oceans can directly harm animals, destroy the places they live, and wreak havoc on people’s livelihoods and communities. As climate change worsens, dangerous weather events are becoming more frequent or severe.