The evidence of climate change is all around us. Every day, new stories and scientific studies pour in documenting impacts of climate change we’re already experiencing. The message is clear: Climate change is not an abstract problem for the future. Climate change is happening now, we are causing it, and the longer we wait to act, the more we lose and the more difficult the problem will be to solve.
The Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute works every day in the legal, government and political arenas to confront global warming, which poses the greatest threat in human history to the natural systems that sustain life.
This site gathers many contemporary stories and studies of climate change; the range of impacts is vast. Polar bears are starving and drowning and Antarctic penguins face a diminished food supply as the sea ice melts beneath them. Coral reefs are suffering massive die-offs as ocean waters become too warm. Droughts, floods, blizzards, heat waves and other extreme weather events are increasing in frequency. Food and water supplies are becoming more unstable. Our health is suffering, and hundreds of thousands of people die climate-related deaths each year as excessive heat, extreme weather and climate change-exacerbated pollutants and diseases take their toll.
Click on the headers below for links to studies and stories on how climate change is affecting us right now.
As early as the 1850s, scientists began predicting that greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels would eventually lead to the warming of the Earth’s surface. Scientists began detecting the fingerprints of climate change in the 1980s, and the impacts have been increasing for more than 20 years. In 2011, the immediacy and urgency of climate change is undeniable.
Actions you can take now to make a difference:
• Support the Clean Air Act to fight climate change: Become a Clean Air Advocate.
• Support a 350 ppm target for CO2.
• Learn how species are being affected by climate change and how the Endangered Species Act can protect them.
• Choose from a range of solutions to fight the climate crisis — both political and personal.
• Find out about the full scope of the Center’s actions to fight the climate crisis, and support our work.