Climate change – a foreign policy challenge

Ein Windrad dreht sich vor den Kühltürmen des Kraftwerks der Vattenfall Europe AG im brandenburgischen Jänschwalde Enlarge image (© picture-alliance/ ZB)

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century and also a key foreign policy task. While the climate has undergone many shifts over the course of the earth’s history, it has changed so rapidly since the Industrial Revolution that the human influence on the planet’s natural radiative balance – known as the greenhouse effect – can no longer be denied. By emitting greenhouse gases, especially CO2, into the atmosphere, human beings have played a part in warming the earth’s surface.

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