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:
      • Ocean Acidification
        • Fisheries, local economies and livelihoods, coral reef loss
      • Drought
        • Agriculture, water security, desertification
      • Sea Level Rise & Erosion
        • Loss of land, property damage, aquifer contamination
      • Health
        • Mosquito born illnesses on the rise in new areas
      • Floods & Water Displacement
        • Destruction of property and crops, waterborne illnesses