Climate Friendly Aberlady

What's climate change?

What is Climate Change?


Governments and scientists across the world agree that global warming is caused by human behaviour; the actions we take in our everyday lives. Across the world, climate change is increasing the incidence of flooding, heatwaves, water shortages and upheaval in food production.

WWF report that 2015 was the hottest year on record and 2016 is already set to break that. At 36.7°C the UK saw its hottest July day ever last year and just this May a heatwave in India saw temperatures soar to a record 51°C with many people dying. This is due to the ever thickening blanket of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere caused by our burning of fossil fuels in power stations, industry and in our homes and cars. Boosted by strong El Niño conditions global warming has devastating effects. Not only human lives are at stake, climate change affects all the creatures with whom we share the Blue Planet.

A global climate agreement was finalised in Paris in December 2015. For the first time in history, the world’s nations are united in a single agreement. The aim is to keep global temperature increases "well below" 2.0C (3.6F) and to limit the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by human activity to the safelevels that our trees, soil and oceans can absorb naturally.

Scotland’s world-leading climate change targets are a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and an 80% reduction by 2050. We are on course but more work needs to be done.