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See how our planet could change with climate change

 

As part of the Copenhagen conference, you can click on an interactive map of the world to see how our planet may change with a 4oC rise in global temperatures, available at the Act on Copenhagen website:

http://www.actoncopenhagen.decc.gov.uk/en/ambition/evidence/4-degrees-map/

Climate change is not just something that will happen in the future; it is here now and has lead to changes in human civilizations many times in the past.

 

The Climate Challenge

Climate change is a natural process that has occurred throughout Earth’s history, however more recent changes in the climate have been linked to human interference in the natural system.

 

Large-scale emissions from human activity are increasing the concentration of greenhouse gases (mainly Carbon dioxide) in the atmosphere. This process has increased the natural greenhouse effect causing global temperatures to rise – a process more commonly known as global warming.

In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s leading authority on climate change concluded that;


“most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic (man-made) greenhouse gas concentrations" 

 

It is becoming increasingly important for individuals to consider their impact on the environment through their day-to-day activities and lifestyle. There are many ways in which a small change to your daily routine can have a big impact on reducing your carbon emissions. Find out how you can make a difference by looking at the information and advice on the Rutland County Council climate change website.

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