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Climate change is the change in climate (i.e. regional temperature, precipitation, extreme weather, etc.) caused by increase in the greenhouse effect. Greenhouse effect is the process wherein greenhouse gases (such as water vapour, CO2, methane, etc) in the atmosphere absorb and re-emit heat being radiated from the earth, trapping warmth. Greenhouse gases refers to gases that contribute to the greenhouse effect by absorbing infrared radiation (heat).
Modern societies increasingly depend on reliable and secure energy supplies for economic growth and community prosperity. Maintaining reliable and secure energy supplies while rapidly decarbonising power systems is a key challenge for countries throughout the world.
The IEA can help member countries develop their energy policy so they can effectively address climate change. This includes finding and sharing examples of best practice, for which the IEA maintains databases of member countries’ climate, efficiency and renewable energy policies. The IEA supports the effective cooperation of countries through expert events and technical analysis for climate change negotiations.
Five Key Actions to Achieve a Low-Carbon Energy Sector
The IEA's key messages for countries at COP20 in Lima
- Energy, Climate Change and Environment 2014 Insights
- CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion - 2014 edition
- Energy Policy Highlights 2013
- WEO Special Report 2013: Redrawing the Energy Climate Map
- Electricity in a Climate-Constrained World - Data & Analyses
- Plugging the Energy Efficiency Gap with Climate Finance
- Managing Interactions Between Carbon Pricing and Existing Energy Policies