How do we stop climate change?

We now know that to stop climate change we need to:

1) Reduce emissions [1] using more efficient technology [2] and in some cases consuming less [3]

2) Take CO2 back out of the air [4] using technology [6] and nature [7]

This is called mitigating climate change – it reduces the cause of the problem (greenhouse gases) and so slows climate change down [8].

We need to slow climate change as fast as possible, but can we immediately stop temperatures from rising?

Sadly not [5]. It is almost inevitable that global temperatures will continue to rise to some extent, with increasingly negative effects on people and wildlife [5].


[1] Mitigation, UN Environment Programme, retrieved 2019

[2] Climate Change 2014 Mitigation of Climate Change, IPCC 2014. Within report see: SPM.4.1 page 10

[3] Climate Change 2014 Mitigation of Climate Change, IPCC 2014. Within report see: SPM.4.2.1 page 20, “Behaviour, lifestyle and culture…”

[4] Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5C, Summary for Policymakers, IPCC 2018. Within report see: C.3

[5] Global Warming at 1.5C Headline Statements, IPCC 2018. Within article see: Understanding Global Warming of 1.5C

[6] Techno-Economic Review of Direct Air Capture Systems for Large Scale Mitigation of Atmospheric CO2, Broehm et al. 2015. Within paper see: abstract

[7] Grounding nature-based climate solutions in sound biodiversity science, Seddon et al. 2019, Within paper see: A focus on forests

[8] Definition of Terms Used Within the DDC Pages, IPCC retrieved 2020. See: Mitigation (of climate change)

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