Climate change

Climate change is happening. The last decade showed the highest global average surface temperatures since records began, about 0.8°C above pre-industrial levels. People and nature are already suffering the impacts of climate change including: extreme weather events; flooding; pests and pathogens spreading; stresses on water resources; changes in the distribution of species; and changes in the composition of plant and animal communities.

Urgent action is needed.

At the Paris climate conference in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first ever universal, legally binding global climate deal. The agreement sets out a global action plan to limit global warming to below 2°C and to aim to limit the increase to 1.5°C. The need for global emissions to peak as soon as possible and to undertake rapid reductions thereafter was also agreed.

Our university is home to some world-leading academics helping to tackle climate change.

We are taking action in a number of ways, including:

• Providing greenspace.
• Tackling carbon emissions and energy consumption.
• Supporting the supply chain.

We can all take action and play a part. Visit our get involved pages to find out how you can get involved, including our champion scheme.

Members of staff at the University can become carbon literate through 10,000 Actions.

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Did you know?

We commissioned our own researchers to look at extreme weather and climate change impacts, risks and adaptation responses. Flooding is the key risk currently facing the University estate. Wetter winters and more extreme downpours are projected for the coming decades, suggesting that flood risk will intensify.