A Journey through Climate History
This timeline was developed by the Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) and ABC Radio National Science. This illustrates the key event's in the planet's climate past and future. When the timeline first loads, you will be dropped in at 2009, looking back in time.
To move through an epoch, click and drag the time arrow. To move from one epoch to another, simply click on their titles. As you rollover icons, a summary description of their content will appear; click the icons to explore their content further.
Summary of International Climate Change Events
- In 1992 the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was signed by 154 states (plus the EC) at Rio de Janeiro
- The Conference of the Parties (COP) became the Convention’s ultimate authority and held its first session in Berlin in 1995
- The Kyoto Protocol was adopted at COP-3 in December 1997
- The IPCC finalized its Third Assessment Report in early 2001
- The Stern Review published in 2006
- The first Earth Hour was held in Sydney 2007
- Royal Society Paper on Geoengineering published in 2009
- U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP 17) held in South Africa in November 2011
The Climate Change Action Atlas was created by National Geographic to display actions being taken around the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve energy and resources, and adapt to a changing climate.
Find out what various countries are doing in the areas of conservation, humanitarianism, energy and exploration.
View the Action Atlas.