QUICK FACTS • When humans burn fossil fuels, we release greenhouse gases (like carbon dioxide and methane) into the atmosphere. These gases trap heat, warm our planet, and throw our natural systems out of balance. • But it’s not just our atmosphere getting warmer—global sea surface temperatures are rising as well. And when our oceans get warmer, hurricanes and other storms get stronger and more dangerous. • According to Pew Research, a majority of Americans see that climate change affects their local area—and many of those people “pointed to changes in the weather, including increasing frequency of severe storms, droughts, floods, and wildfires.