SDG 13. Climate Action

Understand SDG 13

  • SDG 13 is to integrate climate change actions into all national policies and strategies; improve worldwide education and awareness on climate change; and enhance global resilience and capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters. 

  • Atmospheric carbon dioxide level has risen 33% since the industrial revolution and is still rising. 
  • Since 1990, Global carbon dioxide emissions have increased by almost 50%.
  • Global temperatures have increased by 0.85°C since 1880, and are projected to rise by up to 3.2°C by 2100. For each degree of temperature rise, grain yields decline by 5%. 
  • Since 1979, due to global warming and the resulted sea level rise, the Arctic’s ice sea has been shrinking by 1 million km² every decade.


Data retrieved from UN SDG 13

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