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Potential impacts of climate change will be felt across the globe. These changes could affect the availability of water and food supplies and increase the risk of flooding and extreme temperatures. Habitats of birds and animals will also be affected.

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report by CAfS on

Climate Change

and its impacts

on Cumbria's

Communities

Global warming has been linked to climate change: this is a long term change in weather patterns. The majority of evidence links the cause of  global warming to an increase in the  levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Water vapour, methane and carbon dioxide are all greenhouse gases. Since the Industrial Revolution the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased dramatically due to the burning of fossil fuels (oil, coal and natural gas). Whilst the burning of fossil fuels creates energy it also produces carbon dioxide.

 

The increase in greenhouse gases means that more of the heat which radiates from the earth , after being heated by the sun, is absorbed and emitted rather than escaping the Earth's atmosphere.

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