IPCC Climate Change Reports: Why They Matter to Everyone on the Planet

The United Nations reports warn that dire impacts from climate change will arrive sooner than many expect. Here’s why we should follow their advice, and how the reduction of each ton of emissions 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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Sharks and anthias swim near the Jarvis Island National Wildlife Refuge.

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Forest fires from around the United States

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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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