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Curbing Emissions and Adapting to Change

  • Date Submitted: 03/03/2011 07:36 AM
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Climate change is one of the greatest environmental issues of our time.

We need to act quickly and take advantage of existing solutions to prevent irreversible damage to our planet. Natural ecosystems provide significant opportunities to cut emissions dramatically and to preserve the adaptive potential of our biosphere.

Our goal : Curbing emissions and adapting to change

CI has designated climate security as one of our six main initiatives.

Each of our initiatives illustrates the deep links between humanity and nature and demonstrates the importance of an integrated approach to natural resource management.

Learn more about CI's other core initiatives

Many factors are contributing to climate change, from fossil fuel use to the burning and clearing of tropical forests. We need a comprehensive approach to reduce the impacts of climate change – an approach that decreases emissions across all sectors and enhances the adaptive capacity of all nations.

Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and stabilizing atmospheric concentrations at 350-450 parts per million CO2 equivalent (ppm CO2e) is essential. The current GHG level is approximately 390 ppm CO2e.

Scientists have estimated that lowering concentrations to 350 ppm may enable us to avert tipping points of ocean acidification and the melting of permafrost and arctic ice. Stabilization at 450 ppm is thought to be the threshold to avoid dangerous warming of more than 2 degrees Celsius, which would bring potentially catastrophic impacts for natural and human communities alike.

We are already seeing changing weather patterns impacting food production and species migration. Fresh water scarcity risks becoming even more acute in drought-stricken countries and flooding may increasingly threaten our coastal communities and directly impact hundreds of thousands of people each year. Conflict is increasing over strained ecosystems and local communities are being forced from their homes.

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