Climate Change

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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 continuous 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.

Explore green growth resources related to SDG 13:

 

SDG 13.2
National Climate Plans
   SDG 13.a
   Green Climate Fund   

Projects

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

Learning Products

Insights

With a deal ratified from the recent Paris Climate Conference, attention now turns to the difficult task of actually achieving national emissions reduction targets.

Najib Saab, Secretary General, Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED), discusses 'Sustainable Development in a Changing Arab Climate'.
Kurt van Dender, from the OECD's Tax and Environment Unit, OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, discusses ways to transition to much needed carbon neutral growth.