"Climate Change is the most severe problem that we are facing today, more serious even than the threat of terrorism"
Government's Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir David King
Climate Change refers to changes in climate; the average weather conditions the Earth experinces over a period of time, normally a year. The Earth's climate is always changing due to natural variations, however the term "climate change" is generally used to refer to changes identified since the early 1900's.
Climate change is also referred to as global warming as it is dominated by changes in the Earth's temperature. An increase in the Earth's temperature creates extra energy within our climate system which will cause great changes and variances in our weather patterns.
For further information on the causes of climate change and the history of our changing climate visit Direct Gov.
There is global scientific consensus that recent climate change is occuring due to a man made increase in greenhouse gas emissions of which carbon dioxide (CO2) is the most notorious. This scientific consensus and the supporting evidence can be viewed on the Intergoverenmental Panel on Climate Change website.
From the realised and projected impacts of a changing weather system, to the impacts of global, national and local mitigation and adaptation strategies, and the action we choose to take as individuals climate change will effect each one of us across the District.
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