What is climate change?

According to the met office, climate change is large scale, long-term shift in the planet’s weather patterns or average temperatures. Although the Earth’s average temperature tends to fluctuate, since the industrial revolution in the early 1900s it has increased at an extreme rate.

It has been found that greenhouse gases such as carbon and methane trap infrared radiation from escaping to outer space and cooling the Earth. This accelerated warming is having detrimental effects such as extreme weather events like the flooding we have already seen here in the UK, sea level rise, effects on wildlife, increased migration among many others.

Efforts are being made to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases we produce through things like renewable energy, reduced meat consumption and the development of electric vehicles. We can all play our part in leading low-carbon lifestyles, but we must also look to our politicians as they represent our local area on a national level, and our nation on an international level. 

Credit to the Met Office for providing this infographic.

Credit to the Met Office for providing this infographic.