When greenhouse gases are released from burning fossil fuels, they can stay in the Earth’s atmosphere for tens or hundreds of years. These gases are locked into our atmosphere and will contribute to rise temperatures.
If the Earth’s temperature continues to rise, we will start to see extreme weather events like flooding and wildfires happening even more often that they already are. This is already having a detrimental impact on regions across the world, with some becoming uninhabitable as farmland turns into desert, with others experiencing extreme rainfall leading to flooding on an unprecedented scale.
Climate change will continue to impact the poorest nations the hardest, as they lack the resources to adapt or build resilience against these weather extremes. And closer to home, we’re already witnessing the impact of rising temperature in the UK – with warmer and wetter winters, and hotter and drier summers. Just three days before the Conference of the Parties to address climate change, COP26, began in Glasgow, two bridges in the Scottish Borders were washed away after a major flash flooding incident caused 500 homes to be evacuated in Hawick.