Global warming may be the greatest environmental threat of the 21st century. Rising sea levels, violent floods, drought and cyclones and changing agricultural conditions will threaten the lives and livelihoods of millions of people.
Most people agree that greenhouse gases, caused largely by fossil fuels, are one of the main sources of global warming. But fossil fuels are seen to be at the heart of wealth and development.
Written just before the November 2000 meeting of 180 signatory countries to the 1992 UN Climate Change Convention, this report explains the issues and the concerns, the possibilities and the dangers around agreeing joint action on reducing fossil fuel use.