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carbon, Healthier soils can also improve crop yields, Forests are one of our most important types of natural carbon storage, up to one third of the emission reductions needed by 2030 to keep global temperatures from rising, transition all sectors of our economy away from fossil fuels, proper land management of forests and farmlands, also called natural climate solutions, accelerating the deployment of natural climate solutions, mobilizing action for a clean energy future, building resilience through natural defenses, bolstering the resilience of vulnerable ecosystems like coral reefs, Tell your policy makers that you care about climate change, talk about climate change with family and friends, increase renewable energy at least nine-fold, we can meet clean energy demand 17 times over, The wildlife we love and their habitat will be destroyed, leading to mass species extinction, climate change is not an impossible problem, enhancing nature’s ability to draw down and store carbon across 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Later this century, parts of the Earth near the equator will become so hot as to be uninhabitable, or at the very least not supportive for people to make a living. / CBS News. Seven in 10 Americans believe climate change is happening and 6 in 10 are worried about it. These impacts make it more difficult for farmers to grow crops and sustain their livelihoods. Climate Questions Despite the preponderance of scientific evidence about the realities of climate change, in some cases the media still portrays it as a controversy. What's most encouraging is that the low carbon economy that we need to create will also give us cleaner air, better energy choices, new jobs and may even save us money. Whatever you choose to call it, the most important thing is that we act to stop it. Student research topics in climate science . As CBS News correspondent Carter Evans reported in November, homeowners are already seeing situations in California where insurance companies will not insure homes in the fire zone, or they are charging exponentially higher, unaffordable rates. This conveyor belt is critical for bringing nutrient rich waters towards the surface near the poles where giant blooms of food web supporting blooms of phytoplankton occur (this is why the Arctic and Antarctic are known for having such high abundance of fish and marine mammals). What are the major challenges for scientists studying climate change and health linkages? For instance, much of the United States’ wind potential is in the Great Plains, a region with the best remaining grassland habitat on the continent. If we do not take further action to stop climate impacts we're already experiencing, the planet is likely to see global temperatures rise by 2-4 °C (3-7 °F) by the end of the century. These go beyond mere changes in the weather. 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