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Climate Change Updates

This resource was commended by the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers, 2016.

Evidence from the 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report: for A level Geography Teachers

Factsheets:

1. The Changing Carbon Cycle

– The ocean’s biological pump

2. The Changing Water Cycle

– Changes to groundwater in Uganda

– The mass budgets of Himalayan glaciers

3. Carbon Cycle Feedbacks

– Carbon release from the Arctic

4. Ecosystem Feedbacks from Carbon and Water Cycle Changes

– Vegetation changes in the Amazon Basin

5. Tipping Points: Critical Thresholds for Climate Change

– Summer Arctic sea-ice

6. Impact of Climate Change on Water Supply 

– Water saving irrigation in China
– Upper East Region, Northern Ghana

7. Sea Level Change

– Flood protection in the Netherlands
– Flood protection for London: the Thames barrier

8. Country by Country Emissions of Greenhouse Gases

– Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in China
– Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Germany
– Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the USA
– Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Poland

9. Mitigation Strategies

– The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme
– Developing the Indian solar industry

10. Adaptation Strategies  

– The impact of three urban policies in Paris on climate change adaptation and mitigation

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Further information about the carbon and water cycles, and wider support for GCSE and A level geography can be downloaded from www.rgs.org/schools.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures, tables and Frequently Asked Questions referenced in this booklet may be downloaded from the IPCC website.

IPCC, 2013: Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. Working Group I Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

IPCC, 2014: Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Working Group II Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

IPCC, 2014: Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change. Working Group III Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts. It reviews and assesses the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of climate change.

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