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Is it getting warmer?

Why should the way we use energy in the future be any different from the way we use it today?

Well, today most of the energy that we use to light and heat our homes, run our cars and power our factories comes from fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas.

But some people are worried that if we don't stop using these soon we could cause the climate to change so much that we wouldn't be able to cope.

As Mike Hulme, Professor of Climate Change at the University of East Anglia, points out,

'We are causing the world to overheat. We must learn to live with the risks this brings, but also in the longer term radically change the way we generate and use energy.'

The Earth's climate varies naturally, but climate scientists say that we are contributing to climate change by burning fossil fuels.

The changes will vary for different countries.

Here in the UK there'll be more flooding as heavy rainfall increases - prepare for 30% more winter rain in the Southeast by 2050.

Sounds bad? Well spare a thought for the people living on the low land where some of the world’s great rivers meet the sea.

By 2050 a million people living on the Nile, Mekong and Ganges river deltas will face the impacts of rising sea levels and coastal erosion.

Could you cope with swimming home every day?

What is "Climate"?
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What is "Fossil fuel"?
Fascinating fact
Fascinating fact

Expanding deserts
Expanding deserts

Flooding in UK
Flooding in UK