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Why now?

In the 200 years since the Industrial Revolution, man has become reliant on carbon fuels - coal, oil and gas - previously formed and stored in the ground and under the sea over hundreds of millions of years. Burning them releases the carbon as CO2 into the atmosphere, some of which is absorbed by the land and sea. But the rest stays in the air, and that proportion is increasing all the time.

What are the effects of all that CO2?

Increased temperatures, reduced rainfall in areas where once there was plenty and extreme weather events, like severe storms and floods in others. Agriculture and water availability are inevitably affected, as are animal and plant life that must adapt or perish.

How can we reduce climate change?

By cutting back on CO2 emissions now - through buying more efficient cars and light bulbs, better insulating homes and reducing unnecessary car and plane travel. Then offsetting the carbon you can't avoid through the Carbon Credit Agency.

To find out more go to
To get a UK perspective on climate change: www.defra.gov.uk/environment/climatechange
To get the US Environmental Protection Agency perspective: www.epa.gov/climatechange/index.html
To access the UN activities: www.un.org/climatechange/index.shtml
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