Climate change is an issue that is getting worse and worse every year, yet it isn’t being disused as much as it should be. Some people are still denying that climate change even exists. 

    The UK experienced its warmest February day at temperatures of 20.6 celsius this is the first time temperatures over 20 celsius have been recorded in winter. The last time it even got near this temperature was in Greenwich in 1998, it reached the temperature of 19.7 celsius.  

     This time last year Britain was about to encounter sub zero temperatures. This shows just how varied Uk weather can be. 

The reason for these high temperatures is the high pressure outside the south east isles of Britain, which have been dragging in warm air from Africa and the Canary Islands. 

Caroline Lucas, who is the former leader of the Green Party, suggests the warm weather is linked to climate change. Tom Burke, of the independent climate change think tank E3G, said that extreme weather events were exactly what climate exchange experts said would happen if we continued to carbonate the atmosphere. 

     Climate change is also due to a small variation in the earth’s orbit that changes the amount of solar energy our planet receives. There is a 95 percent probability that climate change is the result of human activity since the mid 20th century. 

   The increased level of Greenhouse Gasses causes the earth to warm in response. Our planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit since the late 19th century, a change driven by increased carbon dioxide and other man-made emissions into the atmosphere. 

The oceans have absorbed a lot of the increased heat with the top 700 meters of the ocean showing warming of more than 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1969. 

     The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have decreased in mass. NASA research has shown Greenland has lost an average of 286 billion tons of ice per year between 1993and 2016. Antartica has also lost around 127 billion tons of ice per year during the same time period. Antarctic ice mass loss has tripled in the last decade. 

     In conclusion climate change is real and not something we can ignore. It's a serious threat to our planet. Global warming is going to cause the extinction of many arctic species. If the planet warms more than 2 degrees most ecosystems will struggle. Glaciers are melting and sea levels are rising and therefor if the sea keeps rising at such an alarming it could be putting human lives at risk.