Climate change

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Our work and research projects have identified climate change as a serious threat to Scotland’s, and indeed the world’s, environment.

There is increasing evidence of basic changes to our climate system as a result of human activities. Left unchecked, the rate of change will accelerate, bringing significant consequences for our environment, economy and society.

In Scotland, climate change is evident from observed changes in temperature, rainfall and snow cover. These changes are causing significant shifts in the growing, breeding and migration seasons, as well as species abundance and diversity. Higher river flows are leading to flood risks and sea level rise risks coastal flooding.

With Scotland having adopted world-leading legislation to address climate change, we aim to be at the forefront of Scottish efforts. 

SEPA’s four year plan, Our climate challenge, sets out our vision for tackling climate to 2018.

There is much that Scotland and other developed countries can do to:

  • develop new, clean, energy-efficient technologies;
  • help developing countries take a greener path to economic prosperity;
  • adopt measures to improve our resilience to the unavoidable impacts of climate change

All of this can be done in a cost-effective manner that will create business and employment opportunities and improve our health and wellbeing.

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For more information about climate change, how it affects you and how you can help to address it, please contact us.