Our work and activity in relation to 'Climate Action', one of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
2019 was the second warmest year on record and the end of the warmest decade (2010- 2019) ever recorded.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) levels and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere rose to new records in 2019.
Climate change is affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives. Weather patterns are changing, sea levels are rising, and weather events are becoming more extreme.
Although greenhouse gas emissions are projected to drop about 6 per cent in 2020 due to travel bans and economic slowdowns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, this improvement is only temporary. Climate change is not on pause. Once the global economy begins to recover from the pandemic, emissions are expected to return to higher levels.
Saving lives and livelihoods requires urgent action to address both the pandemic and the climate emergency.
The Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015, aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The agreement also aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change, through appropriate financial flows, a new technology framework and an enhanced capacity building framework.
Our latest climate action news
Thursday will see the University of Dundee host the first event of its kind, bringing together leading experts to discuss the transition to a low carbon economy.
The planting of two ‘Trees of Hope’ symbolises the University of Dundee’s commitment to equitable working with partners in Africa.
One of Africa’s leading academics will address the University of Dundee at the launch of a major new series of lectures.
The opening of a new coal mine in the UK would undermine the government’s international credibility in tackling climate change, a leading expert has warned.
The planet is “doomed” if political differences brought to light by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine cannot be put aside by global leaders at next week’s COP27 summit.
Impact case study
Widespread citizen engagement leads to Europe-wide action on climate change.
It is known around the world as a location for the TV series Outlander, but the landscape around the picturesque village of Falkland is being permanently altered by weather events influenced by climate change.
The water supply of hundreds of millions of people in Asia is under threat from the accelerating melt of the Himalayan glaciers, a University of Dundee expert has warned.
Dramatic footage captured by a University of Dundee expert has shown how climate change is melting Iceland’s glaciers.
COP26 is doomed to failure unless the richest countries on the planet stop ignoring those from the developing world, a University of Dundee energy expert has said.
Our policies related to climate action
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