- ‘Global warming’ describes long term increases in temperature of the earth’s atmosphere.
- ‘Climate’ refers to the average weather in a region over a period of typically 30 years or more.
- ‘Climate change’ refers to the recent changes in climate, which have been observed since the early 1900’s due to global warming
- ‘Greenhouse gases’ are essential to the earths atmosphere, but in the right quantities.
- Global temeratures have increased by 1oC since pre-industrial times. The last time humans saw a change like this was the dawn of civilisation.
- A rise of just 1oC will create huge problems in future, for man and wildlife, which is already being seen in the Arctic.
- Even if all greenhouse gas emissions were stopped, global temperature will continue to rise due to the gasses already in the atmosphere.
Without IMMEDIATE action on climate change, both humans and polar bears face a very uncertain future!