climate change - the facts
Climate change scientists agree that the planet is heating up over a historically short time-frame which coincides with industrialisation. There has been cataclysmic climate change before – caused by volcanoes or meteorites – but the world’s climate change scientists, without exception, are convinced that this bout of global warming is manmade.
Read the latest summary report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
these are the facts
- Greenhouse gas levels and global temperatures are rising faster than for at least 20,000 years and have never risen so fast in such a short timescale
- Sea levels are rising
- The oceans are heating up and absorbing less carbon dioxide
- The polar ice sheets are melting and faster than expected so that the North Pole is now likely to be ice-free in our lifetimes
- Virtually all the world’s glaciers are in retreat with disastrous consequences for water supplies in some parts of the world
- Weather patterns seem to be becoming more extreme.
- There appear to be more flooding events.