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Climate change is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world today.
Rising global temperatures may bring:
- changes in weather patterns
- rising sea levels and
- increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather.
For Bristol, climate change may mean:
- warmer, drier summers (more heat waves)
- milder wetter winters
- higher sea levels and
- an increased flood risk to coastal and inland areas.
Across the globe, there will be:
- more intense heat waves
- droughts and
- more flooding.
There may be severe problems for regions where people are particularly vulnerable to changes in the weather. For example Beira in Mozambique, twinned with Bristol.
The social, environmental and economic costs of climate change could be huge, as indicated in the Stern Review on the economics of climate change.
See pages in this section to find out more.