Impact of Climate Change on the UK
The UK has already begun to be affected by climate change. According to the committee on climate change (CCC):
- The average sea level has already risen by around 16cm in the last 100 years and could increase by 8 to 115cm by the end of the 21st century (compared to the 1981-2000 average) depending on location and future greenhouse gas emissions
- Average temperatures in England over the last decade (2008-2017) were around 0.8°C higher than they were in the 1970s and 1°C higher than pre-industrial times (1850-1900)
- Extremely wet days are increasing
Leeds is also set to get much warmer, with a worst case scenario that it will be around 5.4 degrees C hotter on average by the end of the century. Leeds is also famous for having high levels of pollution, with a recent study finding that you are 20 times more likely to die from air pollution than a car crash in the city.
Climate Change is not a distant and far away thing that affects other people, it is happening right here, right now and without an increase in climate action, things are only going to get worse.
Please watch the video, which is all about the village of Fairbourne in Wales which is already planning to be abandoned due to rising sea levels.