What Is Being Done To Help Prevent Climate Change?

Climate change affects us all, every living thing. Understanding the risks and what can be done to stem climate change effects are being addressed at all levels - individual, community, government agency and organization and at the international level.

Find out what your State may be doing to prepare greenhouse gas inventories, and/or pursue programs and policies that will result in reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies are actively engaging the private sector, states, and localities in partnerships based on a win-win philosophy and aimed at addressing the challenge of climate change while, at the same time, strengthening the economy. For more information, see the U.S. Climate Action Report (U.S. Department of State, May 2002).

In the United States at the national level, the U.S. Global Change Research Program also coordinates the world's most extensive research effort on climate change.

At the global level, countries around the world have expressed a commitment to strengthening international responses to the risks of climate change. The U.S. is working to strengthen international action and broaden participation under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Kyoto Protocol, is an international and legally binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gases emissions world wide, entered into force on 16 February 2005. Learn more about what it means and who has signed on.