Instead of just providing facts, we are looking at the ways in which to bring the information together into clear arguments.
We know that this will not appeal to everyone.
However, for those that it does convince, we hope that it will convince them absolutely. Or at least specify the bit they don't agree with.
We are keen to work with others on this, so if you share our geek-love for argument and logic, get in touch and find out how you can help.
In the meantime, rather than remove it all, we have left the old area of the site as it was. Feel free to take it as a (rather out of date) starting point:
The following content is old and should be treated with some suspicion
Predicted change in climate:
- Global average temperatures are currently predicted to increase by between 1.4 and 5.8°C by 2100 with sea levels set to rise by between 15 and 95 centimetres. Sources: Friends of the Earth, Christian Aid
- For information about the rise in natural disasters, and their breakdown, look at the following documents; 2005, Disasters in numbers, ISDR disaster statistics
- According to EEA, by the year 2100, Europe is set to be 2 - 6.3°C warmer than the 1990 base level.
- Even if we were to completely stop emitting carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, because of the historical build up, the climate would continue to be affected for centuries. Source: European Environment Agency
Predicted effects of climate change on our environment:
Europe and the U.K.
- The rise in temperature will affect the mountainous and sub-arctic areas of Europe [by increasing the melting ice], impacting on the tourist industry as well as increasing the risk of natural disasters and loss of plant species and habitats. The Alps are predicted to be particularly vulnerable because it looks to suffer from a higher than average temperature rise.
- The melting ice in turn affects the sea-level. Rising sea-level and the effects of climate change on the frequency and intensity of storms will make European coastal zones more vulnerable to threats of ecosystems, infrastructure and settlements, loss of wetlands, the tourism industry and human health. This is predicted to be particularly apparent in areas such as coastal areas in the Baltic, the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. Source: European Environment Agency
- Friends of the Earth predict that a warming of just 2 to 3�C in the next 100 years would put 3 billion people at risk from water shortage, an extra 300 million facing the threat of malaria and 100 million more in danger because of coastal flooding.
- 185 million people (three times the population of Britain) in sub-Saharan Africa could die of disease directly attributed to climate change by the end of this century.
- Tens of millions of people are likely to be made homeless and left without the means of providing food for themselves from floods and similar natural disasters.
- Climate change will increase the twin threats of drought and famine. In East Africa alone, 11 million people are already put at risk of starvation from unprecedented drought. This does not take into account the added risk of wars over the reducing water supply.
- The predicted rise in sea levels would leave millions of Bangladeshis displaced and dispossessed. The unfairness of this is highlighted by the fact that Bangladesh is responsible for less than 0.1% of the total global carbon emissions.
- Many are predicting that global warming will have further (indirect yet clearly visible) effects on the natural world. Examples of such include:
- The spread of disease
- Earlier spring arrival
- Plant and animal range shifts and population changes
- Coral reef bleaching
- Increase in downpours, heavy snowfalls and flooding
- Increase in droughts and fires.