Temperatures are, on average, between 0.5 – 1°C higher than they were in the 1970s; sea levels have risen by an average of 3 mm each year in recent decades; and extreme weather events are already causing damage and disruption (see the Committee on Climate Change website for more.)
We are seeing shifting species ranges and breeding success, changing migration patterns, changes in the annual timing of flowering and the migration of birds and butterflies, food availability and other important ecological factors, including the spread of diseases and different patterns of water availability (flood and drought).
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- Global action on climate change - dealing with climate change requires coordinated action by nations around the world.
- UK regulations: the Climate Change Act 2008 – this is the basis for the UK’s approach to tackling and responding to climate change.
- United Nations 6th Environment Outlook Report (2019). More than 250 scientists and experts from more than 70 countries contributed to the assessment.
- UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report (2018) on global warming of 1.5°C