Global warming is the gradual heating of Earth's surface, oceans and atmosphere.
It's real. It's happening. It's accelerating. And it's our fault. Human activity — particularly the production of greenhouse gasses from fossil fuel emissions — is reshaping our planet, effecting rapid environmental change at a rate never seen before. Global temperature averages are creeping upward, seas are warming, rising and becoming more acidic, and extreme weather events such as droughts, wildfires, floods and powerful storms are more commonplace. Here's where you'll find the latest on the effects of climate change, and the measures that scientists, world leaders and innovators are taking to reduce our harmful impact on the planet and mitigate the damage already done.
Deforestation can include clearing the land for farming or livestock, or using the timber for fuel, construction or manufacturing.
Signs of accelerating global warming abounded this year, but we could still prevent the worst-case scenarios — if we act soon.
Climate change that led to sea level rise and severe coastal flooding could explain why the Vikings abandoned their Greenland settlements.
Thwaites Glacier is roughly the size of Florida, and holds enough ice to raise sea levels over two feet. New research shows that the collapse of its ice shelf may be just a few years away.
The outcome of the COP26 meeting in Glasgow may determine how close nations get to meeting their commitments under the Paris agreement.
The UN Development Programme has released a new video addressing climate change and fossil fuel subsidies starring a CGI talking dinosaur.
Thawing permafrost driven by climate change could free decades-old radioactive material, antibiotic-resistant microbes and unknown viruses that have been frozen for millennia.
The thinning of an icy "glue" that holds fractured ice together may drive ice shelf collapse in Antarctica, according to a new study.
The melting of Earth's polar ice is warping the planet's crust. Here's how that's linked to climate change.
The Southwestern United States is experiencing the worst drought in the region's history, a new NOAA report finds.
A new study shows that strict caps need to be placed on fossil fuel extraction to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
Hundreds of scientists with a UN panel reviewed more than 14,000 studies documenting climate change evidence, to create a new report for policymakers worldwide.
Although scientists don’t fully understand the varying strengths of the factors contributing to the slowdown, all of them are linked to human-caused climate change.