What is climate change?
Climate change refers to changes in the Earth’s climate that was first identified at the beginning of the 1900s.
In the UK, the climate is forecast to change with increasing volatility in weather patterns, escalating the chances of flooding and extended dry spells. Scientists believe one of the main causes of climate change is the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
This is largely due to the burning of fossil fuels in the production of energy.
The past few years have seen a series of extreme weather events across England and Wales. The 2005 and 2006 drought affected much of the south of England and the floods of summer 2007 and 2008 were unprecedented.
These events provide supporting evidence of the very serious impacts of climate change. We are playing our part in tackling climate change by reducing our carbon emissions.