The Earth’s climate is changing, and these differences in global temperatures are already altering weather patterns, causing sea levels to rise and increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather. Even if emissions stop today, our past emissions mean changes to the climate will continue for the next 30-40 years. Altering our behaviour to respond to these impacts of climate change is known as ‘adaptation’. It means not only protecting against negative impacts, but also making us better able to take advantage of any benefits. Click HERE to find out what Defra has to say on the subject.
On the international stage the United Nations climate change negotiations began in Cancun, Mexico on 29th November. UK negotiators are striving for progress on issues affecting developed and developing countries. The meeting is the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Click HERE for more information about the climate change neogtiations.