A Brief History of Climate Change – CarbonCredits.com

by | Oct 13, 2022 | Climate Change

This November, government officials, business people, and activists alike will come together in Egypt for the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP27 – short for Conference of the Parties 27.The “Parties” referred to in that name are the signatories of the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change, which was first established in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
With all United Nations member states counted amongst its number, UNFCCC membership includes nearly every nation on Earth, including observers like Palestine and the Vatican.
The only entities that aren’t parties to the UNFCCC are unrecognized states like Kosovo, and most notably, Taiwan.
30 years have passed since the UNFCCC was first established. In the time since, what’s been accomplished, and what hasn’t? What will be discussed at COP27, and where will the world go from there?
To answer all these questions and more, let’s step back in time for a summary of how we ended up where we are, outlining a brief history of climate change.
Early Warnings Were Largely Ignored
One of the earliest scientists to foresee the potential impact of humans on climate change was Swedish scientist and Nobel laureate Svante Arrhenius.
A noted chemist of the late 19th and early 20th century, Arrhenius was the first to realize and calculate the impact of atmospheric CO2 on global temperatures – what we now know as the greenhouse effect.

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