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More Information on Climate Change

Use the links on this page for more detailed information about climate change, and to find out what you can do to help, for example, how to calculate your carbon footprint and details on joining your local Transition Group.

Scottish Government Climate Change
The Scottish Government recognises that climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the world and will have far reaching effects on Scotland's economy, its people and its environment and is determined to play its part in rising to this challenge.  This site provides detailed information on climate change, its cause, how will it affect Scotland and what we can you do; activity by the Scottish Government including global action; the climate challenge fund (funding to help communities reduce their carbon footprint) as well as links to a wealth of resources, publications, consultations, parliamentary questions and events.

The world-leading Climate Change (Scotland) Act was passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament in 2009.

Adaption Scotland
Adaptation Scotland provide advice and support to help Scotland be prepared and resilient to the effects of climate change. They help public sector, businesses and communities to understand what climate change will mean, and identify the best way for them to plan for the impact – taking the opportunities and preparing for the risks. Read more....

Scotland, Alness, Black Isle, and Forres Transition Initiatives
Communities working together to look at Peak Oil and Climate Change

Improving our understanding of coastal climate change in Scotland - Large Scale Control of Sea Level (2MB pdf)
Presentation by Dr Alistair Rennie, Coastal Geomorphologist, Scottish Natural Heritage.

Weather Matters Talk: Weather and Climate – Past Present and Future (1.7MB pdf)
Alex Hill from the Chief Advisor’s Office of the Met Office gave a presentation to a Transition Black Isle public meeting on 31st March 2010.

Met Office Climate Change
The Met Office provide climate change advise to customers who manage the impacts of the weather and climate change. They contribute, to the the global understanding of climate change, from one day to 100 years ahead, are a key science contributor to UK Climate Projections 09 (UKCP09) and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and help inform government policy.

Scotland & Northern Ireland Forum for Environmental Research (SNIFFER)
Sniffer delivers knowledge-based solutions to resilience and sustainability issues in Scotland.  Amongst other things, they focus on process and partnerships, providing delivery mechanisms, tools and methods to develop climate resilience. They coordinate various projects and programmes, including Adaptation Scotland.

Climate Trends Handbook
The original climate trends handbook was published in 2006 and quickly became an invaluable source of climate information across Scotland and beyond.  The resource describes the changes in weather patterns experienced in Scotland over the last century, with many records extending back to 1910.  This provides the context against which the changes that are projected for the future may be judged.  An updated version of the Sniffer classic Scotland's Climate Trends Handbook is now on the re-vamped Scotland's Environment Web.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Information relating to SEPAs position in helping Scotland adapt to Climate Change.