Summary of evidence: Climate change - EIN005
RuSource/The Arthur Rank Centre gives a useful overview:
Climate warming is unequivocal – each decade since the 1970s has been warmer than the last.
In England there has been an increase in winter rainfall largely offset by drier summers. There is uncertainty in the magnitude and nature of projected climate change but for the UK there is greater uncertainty around changes to precipitation than temperature.
An altered climate will remain for centuries after net emissions cease. In the UK clear shifts in the northern limits of some mobile animal groups have been identified, as well as redistributions to higher altitudes but some species only have limited dispersal. Existing protected sites may be colonised preferentially by species spreading northwards.