As a result of climate change, the UK is likely to experience:



increasingly warmer weather: the average annual temperature in the UK is expected to rise by between 1°C and 5°C by the end of the 21st century

warmer, wetter winters with fewer frosts and cold spells

hotter, drier summers leading to more summer droughts

more extreme weather events such as high summer temperatures and more winter storms

sea level rise: potentially by up to 80cms on parts of the UK coast during this century.

These changes will have a drastic effect on agriculture. Cultivable land will be lost to sea level rises and soils will be degraded due to salination. Extreme weather conditions will encourage more crop pests, which will produce increased pollution through more pesticide use. Top soil, our most precious resource, will disappear from deforestation, floods, landslides and droughts.

As a result, farming livelihoods will disappear leading to widespread food insecurity all over the globe.

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