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Tiki the Penguin's guide to climate change and global warming — for kids
Poor polluted overheated planet

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Tiki on melting ice floesHave you heard about how the world's getting hotter? Most people say it is. A few say it isn't. Who's right? And does it matter? How will it affect you and your friends? How will it affect penguins? What can we do about it? These are some of the things I wanted to find out about.

Good news but...

At the United Nations climate conference (COP 21) in Paris on 12 December 2015, the world's nations made history. At long last, they had reached a fair deal to limit climate change. Things were looking good, at last.

 

But in June 2017, the USA — the world's second biggest polluter — vowed to pull out of the deal now agreed between every single one of the world's other 197 countries. Other world leaders were horrified but now, led by China and the European Union, they seem more than ever determined to stick to the 2015 deal. It looks like the USA, under President Donald Trump's leadership, is moving backwards by supporting polluting fossil fuels for short-term gain. Sadly, this not only makes the future look more difficult for today's kids. It also means that the USA will likely lose its lead in renewable energy technologies. These are the future.

 

If humans don't cut carbon starting now, there is little chance of keeping global temperatures within within the 1.5°C limit, set out as an important goal in the 2015 Paris conference. In fact, a new report from the IPCC (October 2018) shows that Global temperatures are on course for over 3°C. The message is very clear: humans have got to quit using carbon-based fuels starting now so that by 2050, there is no more carbon pollution of our planet's atmosphere.

 

This is where you kids come in. You don't have to sit idly by, watching today's adults ignoring the problem (or even denying that it exists). There are lots of things you can do to make sure that the world's politicians and business leaders take serious action so that you will have a planet fit for humans and all other life forms when you are grown up. Find out what you can do at the end of this guide.

 

Finding your way around my Climate Change Guide

Also often called 'global warming' and sometimes 'global heating'

You can jump to any part that interests you from the table below. But if you don't know much about climate change, I suggest you start at the beginning. Click the blue arrow (below right) to start your journey.

I've made a global warming Crossword puzzle here. If you can't do it, you probably haven't read my guide! ;)
I've also made a cool Quiz. Try it now if you like or, better, look through my guide first.
And check out my best videos about climate change.

This is my climate change home page!       Forward to 'What is climate?'

What's in my guide? A quick look...

What is climate? Visit the 'climate machine'  
Hotting up The sun is hot, but pollution is turning up the heat fast!  
Greenhouse Earth Just what is 'the greenhouse effect'?  
What happens next? This extra heat is not good for us  
Good news for fish is bad news for people  
Storms ahead Here is the weather forecast  
It's not really happening, is it? Some people don't agree  
Yes, climate change is real But now there's some good news at last  
What you can do Twelve Really Important Things you can do to help stop global warming  
My global warming links page  

 

 
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