From the United Nations Website (

What is climate change?

Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. These shifts may be natural, such as through variations in the solar cycle. But since the 1800s, human activities have been the main driver of climate change, primarily due to burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas.

Burning fossil fuels generates greenhouse gas emissions that act like a blanket wrapped around the Earth, trapping the sun’s heat and raising temperatures.

Examples of greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change include carbon dioxide and methane. These come from using gasoline for driving a car or coal for heating a building, for example. Clearing land and forests can also release carbon dioxide. Landfills for garbage are a major source of methane emissions. Energy, industry, transport, buildings, agriculture and land use are among the main emitters.

TMG Climate Change Video Series

  • The Big Picture

    The Middle Ground launches its series on practical, nonpartisan steps to fight climate change with a discussion of scientific, economic and political obstacles impeding the effort. TMG outlines its pragmatic, step by step, approach for initiating effective measures to slow and ultimately reverse the global crisis notwithstanding these obstacles. This approach sets the stage for future TMG Climate Change episodes focusing on the implementation of specific solutions.

  • Regenerative Farming (Coming Soon)

    TMG discusses one of the largest "carbon sinks", farmland, and how regenerative farming practices adopted on a wide scale could be one of the most effective ways to fight climate change, as well as practical, nonpartisan strategies for promoting regenerative farming in the US and around the world.

  • Reforestation (Coming Soon)

    The Middle Ground discusses pragmatic, nonpartisan approaches to fighting deforestation and increasing reforestation, including analysis of current US government initiatives and concrete proposals for both domestic and international policies to preserve and create new carbon-consuming forests.

  • Carbon Capture Technologies (Coming Soon)

    The Middle Ground discusses some of the carbon capture technologies that could fight climate change, including a pragmatic, nonpartisan evaluation on the political steps needed to implement those technologies in time to avoid disastrous consequences for our planet.

  • Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Coming Soon)

    TMG discusses pragmatic, nonpartisan ways that the finaancial incentives of everyday commerce can be changed to cause GHG producers to immediately reduce their emissions