This is how climate change has affected the UK in the last 10 years

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There’s no doubt that Britain’s environment has altered due to climate change. But how has global warming changed the landscape in the last 10 years? Stylist reports.

“I love the sun just like many British people, so when we hear [about higher temperatures] it’s sometimes easy to think ‘that sounds kind of nice actually’,” says Professor Gagen, who explains that this year’s heatwaves happened when the UK was on average about 1 degree warmer than 100 years ago. By the end of the century, it’s predicted to be 4 degrees.

It’s not just our weather which has changed over the past 10 years. Increased flooding and high temperatures have a direct impact on our physical landscape and, in turn, the wildlife which lives in it. Professor Gagen also emphasises this connection between weather, landscape and wildlife. “As sea levels rise, our coastal areas become flooded and if you’re a plant or animal that lives in coastal habitats, like saltmarshes, that’s a problem,” she explains. “Grasslands and moorlands are also drying up in warm summers and animals that are adapted to cooler climates – like bumblebees – don’t tolerate heat well.

If all this sounds quite scary, that’s because, well, it is. But, says Professor Gagen, how intense the changes are in the future is still in our control.

 

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