||The planet is experiencing a climate crisis of catastrophic proportions. Drastic action is required to reverse the situation. Global surface temperature has risen twice as fast in the last 50 years as over the last century and is projected to rise even faster in the coming decades. Thirteen of the last fifteen years [1993-2008] rank as the warmest years on record. This is disrupting weather patterns, endangering ecosystems and biodiversity], and destroying people's lives and livelihoods, especially of the poorest and most vulnerable.