The IPCC Climate Change Report: Why It Matters to Everyone on the Planet

The U.N. report warns that dire impacts from climate change will arrive sooner than many expected. Here’s why we need to follow the report’s advice, and why every ton of emissions reductions can make a difference.

Ice melt in East Greenland

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Lamma Island Power Station, Hong Kong

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Storms approach the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

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Forest fires from around the United States

Clockwise from the upper left: Noah Berger/AP, Brandon Bickel/US Forest Service, Eric Harris/CA Air National Guard, Noah Berger/AP

Storms over New York City

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Women shoring up the embankment on Shakbaria River in Bangladesh

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Technicians working on a massive wind turbine in Normandy, France

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Hikers cross Specimen Ridge in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

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Sharks and anthias swim near the Jarvis Island National Wildlife Refuge.

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Drawing Out the Science

Looking for a silver lining in the harrowing United Nations climate change report? Here it is: We can determine the impact of climate change by the political, economic, and social choices we make today.

onEarth Story

The Trump administration thought that releasing a blockbuster climate assessment on Black Friday would keep people from talking about it. That’s not what happened.

onEarth Story

The administration cites the likelihood of catastrophic global temperature rise to justify gutting fuel-efficiency standards. Yes, you read that correctly.

onEarth Story

So we’d better get it together and do something NOW.

onEarth Story

The administration released climate doomsday predictions while you were at the mall, and Scott Pruitt is the gift that keeps on giving.

onEarth Story

The president doesn’t know what the U.N.’s climate report is, Ryan Zinke’s “pay-to-protest” plan, and Andrew Wheeler’s racist index finger.

Guide

The lowdown on the earth’s central environmental threat.

NRDC in Action

NRDC is working to help make the Global Climate Action Summit a success by inspiring more ambitious commitments to the historic 2015 agreement and enhanced pollution-slashing initiatives.

Latest News

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onEarth Story

The American people believe in climate change—and are committed to doing something about it.

Personal Action

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Explainer

Gun-control activists want to use financial levers to curtail firearm sales. Can we do the same for carbon emissions?

Q&A

Everything you wanted to know about our changing climate but were too afraid to ask.

onEarth Story

Today’s young people are finally realizing just how much power their voices actually wield. These millennial climate activists have every intention of using it.

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