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1. The Challenge and Opportunity of Climate Change (Summary)

1.1 Global Effects and Impacts

Our planet’s climate is changing and warming at an unprecedented rate.1 2020 and 2016 were the joint warmest years on record, at 1.1°C above pre-industrial levels.2

There is indisputable evidence that the majority of this has been caused by human activities, in particular emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG)3 from the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation and intensive agriculture. 

This warming is causing more extreme storms, droughts, heat waves, melting ice, ocean acidification and rising sea levels.

1.2 Evidence of Climate Change in the UK and Devon

1.3 Climate Projections

1.4 Climate Justice

1.5 The Opportunity

1.6 References

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