Climate change is a serious threat to people, our economies, the natural world and our future. Weather patterns are already being disrupted with increasingly frequent and severe events.
There is extensive evidence for rapid global climate change and many authoritative sources of information, such as those listed below. These show that there is a scientific consensus that the main causes of climate change are human activity and the burning of fossil fuels.
Met Office (UK):
NASA – Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet
United Nations and Climate Change
- A strong scientific consensus – includes summaries of major findings by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and links to their most recent reports in 2013 and 2014
NASA Earth Observatory
- How is today’s warming different from the past?
- How much more will Earth warm?
- How will global warming change Earth?
Measurements of Carbon and the Effects of Climate Change
- Arctic sea ice reducing
- Antarctic glaciers and climate
- Greenland ice sheet shrinking
- Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide at Mauna Loa, Hawaii
- Ocean acidification
- Green Ninja animation as seen at Wiveliscombe Primary School
- Oxfam Climate Challenge for 7-11 years and 11-14 years
- Royal Meteorological Society: Metlink – Climate Change
Further sources of information
- The Carbon Brief – latest developments and media coverage
- Climate Outreach – leading climate change communicators
- Met Office – Hadley Centre Climate Programme
- The Royal Society – climate change
- Science Museum – climate change the basics
- Science Museum – climate science info zone
- University of Exeter – climate change and sustainable futures
- UEA Climatic Research Unit – information sheets