What is climate change?
Climate change refers to changes in the Earth's average temperature over the long term. The climate affects day to day weather patterns, rainfall, temperature and so on. As the climate changes, so will the environment we live in.
Global warming refers to the increase in the Earth's average temperature over the last 100 years. Since temperature records began, the Earth's temperature has been steadily getting warmer, with the largest increase seen in recent years. Some of the warmest summers have been in the last 20 years, with the UK’s top four warmest years on record (in order) being 2006, 2011, 2007, and 2003.
What causes climate change?
There is strong scientific evidence that human activity is significantly changing our climate and causing global warming. Almost all scientists agree that this is due to increases in greenhouse gas emissions, particularly carbon dioxide, from things like transport, industry and home energy use.
What can I do?
You can reduce your impact on the environment by reducing your carbon footprint. This could be by walking or cycling instead of driving, saving energy in your home or recycling more. You can find more ways to help save the environment on the Going Green pages of the Council website or find out what other people in Haringey are doing to reduce their emissions at Haringey 40:20 (external link).
Climate Change Adaptation
Our climate is changing. London is already experiencing warmer, wetter winters, hotter, drier summers and more frequent extreme weather. Soaring temperatures in the summer of 2003 led to 600 fatalities in London alone, and the experience of heavy snowfall in the capital has shown the huge challenges that extreme weather can pose, especially to the most vulnerable in society.
Urgent action is needed to reduce carbon emissions, however even with our best efforts adaptation to climate change will be necessary. As time progresses, the impact of global warming, such as more frequent and more intense flooding, drought and heat-waves, will put increased pressure on the services the council provide, and on the people who live and work in Haringey. To preserve and enhance our quality of life we must adapt to these changes.
A Local Climate Impacts Profile (LCIP), which looks at how Haringey has been impacted by weather and climate in the past, has been produced. You can download and view Haringey’s Local Climate Impacts Profile (PDF, 1.5MB).