How to Stop Climate Change in Civ 6 Gathering Storm
Civilization 6: Gathering Storm is here, and its most obvious and advertised new feature is the addition of climate change. Depending on how much you muck up your game, you can cause climate change which has irreversible consequences. Here is how to prevent and stop climate change in Civ 6 Gathering Storm.
For the early-mid game, climate change really isn’t anything that you have to worry about. Even when you start finding coal and oil, it takes some time before it really impacts the game in any meaningful way, even though the tiles warning you about sea level flooding will haunt you.
However, if/when you and the other Civs start taking advantage of the new Power feature in Civ 6 Gathering Storm, where you can create plants that take advantage of Coal, Oil, or Uranium to power up your cities, you’ll start flooding CO2 into the atmosphere and start melting the polar ice caps.
You can check out our guide to understand how climate change phases works better because it’s a bit complicated.
The long and short of it is that in general, lots of civilizations pumping out CO2 is bad for the environment and if you and the others don’t correct yourself and resist greed, you’ll mess up the sea levels.
There’s no going back once you’ve done damage in Civ 6 Gathering Storm once tiles are fully submerged, but you can take steps to stop it from getting worse and prevent it.
First, switch over to Uranium Power Plants as quickly as you can. They are riskier because they can blow up and cause a disaster, but they are far more efficient and cleaner.
Try to drop Coal or Oil ASAP or never even use those plants in the first place. Try and hold out until Uranium.
That’s the best way to prevent long-term climate change damage to the environment of your game. Just like in real-life, we need to resist short-term greed if don’t want long-term problems.
Second, if resolutions appear that allow you to place restrictions on resources such as coal and oil, try and use your diplomatic favor to push it through as it will help slow down the CO2 production worldwide.
Also, Global Competitions might encourage reducing CO2 emissions which is an opportunity for everyone to pitch in.
Finally, you can switch to even greener tech later on in the game when your science and civic research reaches the endgame.
You can then power down old power plants by going to the city screen and scrolling down to the city projects if you don’t need them anymore to cut down the CO2 emissions.
Once you can build hydroelectric dams and wind & solar farms, do so as soon as possible if you’re trying to prevent and stop climate change. However, it might be too late at that point if you’ve spent the whole rest of the game being greedy.
If it’s not too late, and tiles haven’t yet been submerged completely, you can build flood barriers later on in the game when you’ve researched the correct tech for your city centers, and finally, extremely late-game Civic projects allow you to preform Carbon Recapture, which will turn back the clock on climate change, a little bit.
That does it for how to prevent and stop climate change in Civ 6 Gathering Storm. Resist the urge to get a short term advantage over your opponents, and encourage them to do the same and perhaps you might avoid melting the polar ice caps and rising sea levels and temperatures.
Question: How do you prevent and/or stop climate change in Civ 6 Gathering Storm?
- Avoid building coal and oil power plants as much as possible.
- Hold out for cleaner alternatives like Uranium, hydroelectric, and wind.