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Climate Change

Last updated on: 18-Feb-2021

2. What is climate change?

The term Climate Change refers to a large-scale, long-term shift in the planet's weather patterns and average temperatures [The Met Office, 2020]. Over the past 200 years, the levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases released into the air has increased, causing a rise in global temperatures which has, and is continuing to, result in long-term changes to the global climate.

The 2015 Paris Agreement commits all nations to undertake ambitious efforts to keep global temperature rise this century to well below 2oc and to pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5c.  As a result of signing the Paris Agreement, and recognising the need to do more, the UK Government set an ambitious target in June 2019 to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions from across the UK economy by 2050.

More information can be found on the GOV.UK website.

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