Climate change


Landscape in the Peak District

Climate change is the long term change of weather patterns; it is a natural process that results in a change of global temperature levels. 

Climate change is a dominant topic in the media nowadays because of its associated long term impacts and the measures which have to be taken to counteract these.

There is broad scientific consent that there is a clear relationship between climate change and human induced emissions of greenhouse gases. Such gases are emitted predominantly through the combustion of fossil fuels, for example to generate heat or electricity, and accumulate in the atmosphere. Through this accumulation the greenhouse effect is intensified which will lead to a rise in global temperatures known as global warming. 

This warming process will further accelerate natural climate change and the effects of this vicious circle will alter the natural environment as well as our social and economic life on a global, national and regional scale.

The United Kingdom is among the 10 greatest emitters of greenhouse gases worldwide and joined international efforts taken to respond to climate change in the 1990s. In 2008 the UK adopted the Climate Change Act and it is part of our duty as the Peak District National Park Authority to incorporate and promote the aims of this act to protect and sustain Britain's oldest national park.

For further information about the relation between climate change and the Peak District National Park, take a look at the climate change section within our management plan.

The Office for Science provides more detailed information on the science of climate change and the United Nations Environmental Program gives an insight into global consequences and international efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The Glossary of Climate Change Terms of the United States Environmental Protection Agency is a useful guide to understanding the various terminologies associated with climate change.

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