Defining the Issues
What is 'climate change'? What are 'climate impacts'?
Climate Change refers to the increase in greenhouse gasses (GHGs) like CO2 that trap heat inside our atmosphere.
Caused by us – pollution, emissions, and primarily from our use of fossil fuels
Climate Impacts are the observable effects on our environment of climate change.
Some examples of climate impacts and how these issues affect communities:
Fisheries, local economies and livelihoods, coral reef loss
Agriculture, water security, desertification
Sea Level Rise & Erosion
Loss of land, property damage, aquifer contamination
Mosquito born illnesses on the rise in new areas
Floods & Water Displacement
Destruction of property and crops, waterborne illnesses