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A tool for curriculum developers and other communicators to explore the diverse range of concepts associated with climate change and the links between them

Climate change concept association tool

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Literacy statement The Royal Meteorological Society believes that every student should leave school with the basic climate literacy that would enable them to engage with the messages put forward by the media or politicians or to make informed decisions about their own opportunities and responsibilities when it comes to climate change mitigation and adaptation, and also to equip them with the knowledge and skills required for the green jobs of the future.

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Capacity building Carbon budget Carbon capture storage (CCS) Carbon cycle Carbon dioxide removal/ sequestration Carbon footprint Carbon market Carbon neutral Carbon offsettingCarbon sinks Carbon trading Cascading effects Causes CH4/ methane emissions Changing futures Circular economy Climate Climate change Climate change committee (CCC) Climate crisis/ emergency Climate eco anxiety/ fear Climate engineering/ geoengineeringClimate justiceClimate literacyClimate sensitivityClimate storiesClimate stripes/ visualisation

Climate zone shift Climate/ radiative forcing Clouds Co-benefits CO2/ carbon dioxide emissions Cognitive biases Communication Community Compound events Conference of the Parties (COP) Confidence/ uncertainty Conflict Consumerism Cooperation/ collaboration Coral bleaching Cryosphere

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1.5 Degree target2 Degree targetAbatementAbrupt changeAccess to shelterActionActivism and advocacyAdaptationAfforestationAgricultureAir qualityAircraftAlbedoAnthropoceneAnthropogenicAquiferArctic/ AntarcticAtmosphereAttributionBarriers to actionBatteriesBehavioural changeBiasBiodiversityBiofuelsBiogeochemical cyclesBiosphereBuildings

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1.5 Degree target2 Degree targetAbatementAbrupt changeAccess to shelterActionActivism and advocacyAdaptationAfforestationAgricultureAir qualityAircraftAlbedoAnthropoceneAnthropogenicAquiferArctic/ AntarcticAtmosphereAttributionBarriers to actionBatteriesBehavioural changeBiasBiodiversityBiofuelsBiogeochemical cyclesBiosphereBuildings

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Capacity building Carbon budget Carbon capture storage (CCS) Carbon cycle Carbon dioxide removal/ sequestration Carbon footprint Carbon market Carbon neutral Carbon offsettingCarbon sinks Carbon trading Cascading effects Causes CH4/ methane emissions Changing futures Circular economy Climate Climate change Climate change committee (CCC) Climate crisis/ emergency Climate eco anxiety/ fear Climate engineering/ geoengineeringClimate justiceClimate literacyClimate sensitivityClimate storiesClimate stripes/ visualisation

Climate zone shift Climate/ radiative forcing Clouds Co-benefits CO2/ carbon dioxide emissions Cognitive biases Communication Community Compound events Conference of the Parties (COP) Confidence/ uncertainty Conflict Consumerism Cooperation/ collaboration Coral bleaching Cryosphere

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Anthropogenic

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Science

Climate justice

Greenhouse gas concentrations

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Climate change

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Capacity building Carbon budget Carbon capture storage (CCS) Carbon cycle Carbon dioxide removal/ sequestration Carbon footprint Carbon market Carbon neutral Carbon offsettingCarbon sinks Carbon trading Cascading effects Causes CH4/ methane emissions Changing futures Circular economy Climate Climate change Climate change committee (CCC) Climate crisis/ emergency Climate eco anxiety/ fear Climate engineering/ geoengineeringClimate justiceClimate literacyClimate sensitivityClimate storiesClimate stripes/ visualisation

Climate zone shift Climate/ radiative forcing Clouds Co-benefits CO2/ carbon dioxide emissions Cognitive biases Communication Community Compound events Conference of the Parties (COP) Confidence/ uncertainty Conflict Consumerism Cooperation/ collaboration Coral bleaching Cryosphere

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Anthropogenic

Liability

Science

Climate justice

Greenhouse gas concentrations

Land usechange

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Data assimilationData storageDecarbonisationDeforestationDepressionsDesertificationDetectionDietDisaster risk managementDomestic policyDroughtEarth systemEconomic incentivesEconomy/ economicEcosystem based adaptationEcosystem servicesEcosystemsEducationElectric vehiclesElectrificationEmissions gapEnergyEnergy performance certificateEnhanced greenhouse effectEquityEvidenceExposureExtinctionExtinction rebellion (XR)

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Extreme event attributionExtreme weather

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Fairness/ inequalityFamineFeedback loopsFinanceFire weatherFisheriesFlash floodingFlood defencesFlooding/ flood riskFood securityForestsFossil fuelsFriends of the EarthFuel securityGeothermal energyGlobal atmospheric circulationGlobal energy budget/ balanceGlobal stocktakeGlobal warming potentialGreen careersGreen climate fundGreen/ carbon colonialismGreenhouse effectGreenhouse gas concentrationsGreenpeaceGreenwashingGreta Thunberg

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HealthHeatwaves/ extreme heatHindcasts/ projectionsHopeHydroelectric power

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Ice coresIce sheetsImpact assessmentImpactsIndifferenceIndigenous knowledgeIndividualsIndustrial revolutionIndustryInertiaInfrastructureInstrumentsInterdisciplinary cooperationInternational policyIPCCIrreversible Just stop oilJust transitionKeeling curveKelp Kyoto protocolLand ice/ glaciersLand use changeLeadershipLiabilityLoss and damageMediaMental healthMet officeMetrics/measures

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Migration (people)MisconceptionsMitigationMitigation pathwaysModellingMonsoonsMortality

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National adaptation plansNationally determined contributions (NDCS)Natural greenhouse effectNatural variabilityNature based solutionsNegotiationsNet zeroNO2 emissionsNormative feedbackNuclear powerObservationsOcean acidificationOcean circulationOcean currentsOcean fertilisationOcean warmingOceansOther greenhouse gas emissionsOutreach/ engagementOvershoot

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Paris agreementPartyPeatPer capita emissionsPermafrostPests and invasive speciesPhenologyPolicyPoliticsPollenPolluter paysPollutionPovertyPrecipitationPriorities/ balanceProxy recordsRadarRadiative transferRCPSRecyclingRegional climate changeRegulationRelevance/ here and nowRenewable/ non fossil fuel energyReparationsRepresentationResearchResilience/ vulnerabilityResource loss

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National adaptation plans

Nationally determined contributions (NDCS)

Global stocktake

SatellitesScenariosScepticismSchools strike for climateScienceSea iceSea level riseSector resilienceSediments and fossilsSIDS (small island developing states)Sir David AttenboroughSmart grid technologySocial normsSocial scienceSocietal changeSocietySoil healthSolar energySolutionsSpecies migrationSSPSStemStorageStorm surgesStormsStranded assetsSUDS (sustainable urban drainage systems)Sustainability

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UnderstandingUneven impactsUNFCCC/ governanceUrban green infrastructureUrban heatUrbanisationVector borne diseasesWater cycleWater securityWater vapour (H2O) concentrationsWeatherWeather buoysWeather stationsWell-beingWildfiresWildlife impactWind Wind powerWMOWritten recordsWWF

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Anthropogenic

Liability

Climate change

Science

Climate justice

Greenhouse gas concentrations

Land usechange

Natural variability

Causes – Forcing or other mechanisms which cause climate change.

Anthropogenic – Resulting from or produced by human activities.

Liability – Legal liability for climate change implicates a growing range of actors, including governments, industry, businesses, non-governmental organisations and individuals.

Science – Including Social, Physical; Chemical and Biological research.

Climate justice – Concerns about the inequitable outcomes for different people and places associated with vulnerability to climate impacts and the fairness of policy and practice responses to address climate change and its consequences.

Greenhouse gas concentrations – The concentration of gaseous constituents of the atmosphere, both natural and anthropogenic, that absorb and emit radiation at specific wavelengths within the spectrum of terrestrial radiation emitted by the Earth’s surface, the atmosphere itself, and by clouds.

Land use change – LULUCF is a greenhouse gas inventory sector that covers emissions and removals of greenhouse gases resulting from direct human-induced land use, land-use change and forestry activities.

Natural variability – Refers to variations in climate that are caused by processes other than human influence. It includes variability that is internally generated within the climate system and variability that is driven by natural external factors such as the Sun and volcanic activity.

Feedback loops – A feedback is an initial process in the climate which leads to a change in another process in the climate, which then influences the initial one. There are many feedback mechanisms in the climate system that can either amplify (increase – ‘positive feedback’) or diminish (decrease – ‘negative feedback’) changes in the Earth’s climate.

Climate change – A change in the state of the climate that can be identified (e.g., by using statistical tests) by changes in the mean and/or the variability of its properties, and that persists for an extended period, typically decades or longer. Climate change may be due to natural internal processes or external forcings such as modulations of the solar cycles, volcanic eruptions, and persistent anthropogenic changes in the composition of the atmosphere or in land use.

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Climate change

Causes

Impacts

Policy

Action

Activism and advocacy

Adaptation

Behavioural change

Biodiversity

Climate justice

Communication

Economy/economic

Ecosystems

Evidence

Extreme weather

Feedback loops

Flooding/ flood risk

Food security

Fossil fuels

Greenhouse gas concentrations

Health

Hindcasts/projections

Land use change

Loss and damage

Mitigation

Oceans

Renewable/non fossil fuel energy

Resilience/vulnerability

Resource loss

Science

Society

Solutions

Storms

Sustainability

Sustainable development goals (SDGS)

Arctic/Antarctic

Temperature/global warming

Carbon cycle

Carbon footprint

CO2/ carbon dioxide emissions

Conference of the Parties (COP)

Confidence/uncertainty

Drought

Energy

Flood defences

Global atmospheric circulation

Green careers

Greenhouse effect

Individuals

Industry

Infrastructure

Instruments

Land ice/glaciers

Mental health

Migration (people)

Ocean warming

Paris agreement

Peat

Pests and invasive species

Pollution

Precipitation

Proxy records

Representation

Sea level rise

Tipping points

Transport

UNFCCC/governance

Water cycle

Water security

1.5 Degree target

Abatement

2 degree target

Afforestation

Aircraft

Albedo

Anthropocene

Attribution

Barriers to action

Biofuels

Buildings

Carbon budget

Carbon dioxide removal/sequestration

Carbon trading

CH4/methane emissions

Climate

Climate eco anxiety/fear

Climate engineering/geoengineering

Climate zone shift

Climate/ radiative forcing

Clouds

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Conflict

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Cryosphere

Data assimilation

Data storage

Deforestation

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Detection

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Domestic policy

Earth system

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Ecosystem based adaptation

Ecosystem services

Education

Electric vehicles

Electrification

Emissions gap

Energy performance certificate

Extreme event attribution

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Fire weather

Fisheries

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Forests

Fuel security

Global energy budget/ balance

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Heatwaves/ extreme heat

Hope

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Indigenous knowledge

Industrial revolution

International policy

IPCC

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Liability

Mitigation pathways

National adaptation plans

Nationally determined contributions (NDCS)

Natural variability

Nature based solutions

Observations

Ocean acidification

Ocean currents

Outreach/ engagement

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Politics

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Radiative transfer

Recycling

Regional climate change

Resource use

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Scenarios

Schools strike for climate

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Sector resilience

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Species migration

Storage

Storm surges

Systems thinking

Technology/ innovation

Teleconnections

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Urban green infrastructure

Urban heat

Urbanisation

Vector borne diseases

Water vapour (H2O) concentrations

Weather

Weather stations

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Wind

Wind power

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Agriculture

Air quality

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Aquifer

Atmosphere

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Biogeochemical cycles

Biosphere

Carbon capture storage (CCS)

Carbon market

Carbon neutral

Carbon offsetting

Carbon sinks

Cascading effects

Changing futures

Circular economy

Climate change committee (CCC)

Climate crisis/ emergency

Climate literacy

Climate sensitivity

Climate stories

Climate stripes/ visualisation

Cognitive biases

Community

Compound events

Consumerism

Data analysis

Decarbonisation

Depressions

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Extinction

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Global stocktake

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Green climate fund

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Greenpeace

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Media

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Modelling

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Natural greenhouse effect

Geothermal energy

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Net zero

NO2 emissions

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Nuclear power

Ocean circulation

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Other greenhouse gas emissions

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Radar

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Regulation

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Satellites

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SIDS (small island developing states)

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Smart grid technology

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Societal change

Solar energy

SSPS

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SUDS (sustainable urban drainage systems)

Travel and tourism

Tree rings

Trends

Tropical cyclones

Understanding

Uneven impacts

Weather buoys

Well-being

Wildlife impact

WMO

Written records

WWF

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Batteries

Overshoot

Climate change – A change in the state of the climate that can be identified (e.g., by using statistical tests) by changes in the mean and/or the variability of its properties, and that persists for an extended period, typically decades or longer. Climate change may be due to natural internal processes or external forcings such as modulations of the solar cycles, volcanic eruptions, and persistent anthropogenic changes in the composition of the atmosphere or in land use.

Access to shelter

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Just transition

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Leadership

Abatement

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WWF

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WMO

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Well-being

Weather buoys

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Understanding

Tropical cyclones

Trends

Tree rings

Travel and tourism

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SUDS (sustainable urban drainage systems)

Stranded assets

Stem

SSPS

Solar energy

Societal change

Social norms

Smart grid technology

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Scepticism

Satellites

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Rewilding

Reversible

Research

Reparations

Relevance/ here and now

Regulation

RCPS

Radar

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Per capita emissions

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Ocean fertilisation

Ocean circulation

Nuclear power

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NO2 emissions

Net zero

Negotiations

Natural greenhouse effect

Mortality

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Modelling

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Metrics/measures

Met office

Media

Air quality

Irreversible

Atmosphere

Interdisciplinary cooperation

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Indifference

Batteries

Bias

Biogeochemical cycles

Impact assessment

Ice cores

Ice sheets

Greenpeace

Green climate fund

Green/ carbon colonialism

Equity

Exposure

Extinction

Extinction rebellion (XR)

Finance

Friends of the Earth

Geothermal energy

Global stocktake

Global warming potential

Cognitive biases

Community

Compound events

Consumerism

Data analysis

Decarbonisation

Enhanced greenhouse effect

Climate stories

Climate stripes/ visualisation

Abrupt change

Biosphere

Capacity building

Carbon capture storage (CCS)

Carbon market

Carbon neutral

Carbon offsetting

Carbon sinks

Cascading effects

Changing futures

Circular economy

Climate change committee (CCC)

Climate crisis/ emergency

Climate literacy

Anthropogenic

Climate sensitivity

Anthropogenic – Resulting from or produced by human activities.

Depressions

Tree rings

Heatwaves/ extreme heat

Greta Thunberg

Hope

Hydroelectric power

Indigenous knowledge

Industrial revolution

International policy

IPCC

Kelp

Mitigation pathways

National adaptation plans

Ocean currents

Ocean acidification

Observations

Nationally determined contributions (NDCS)

Nature based solutions

Recycling

Radiative transfer

Polluter pays

Politics

Permafrost

Overshoot

Outreach/ engagement

Scenarios

Responsibility

Resource use

Regional climate change

Storm surges

Storage

Species migration

Soil health

Social science

Sector resilience

Systems thinking

Sea ice

Schools strike for climate

Technology/ innovation

Teleconnections

Tidal/ wave power

Urban green infrastructure

Urban heat

Urbanisation

Vector borne diseases

Weather

Wildfires

Wind

Flash flooding

Forests

Fuel security

Global energy budget/ balance

Greenwashing

Fisheries

Fire weather

Famine

Fairness/ inequality

Extreme event attribution

Energy performance certificate

Emissions gap

Electrification

Education

Electric vehicles

Ecosystem services

Ecosystem based adaptation

Domestic policy

Earth system

Economic incentives

Data storage

Deforestation

Desertification

Detection

Diet

Disaster risk management

Coral bleaching

Cryosphere

Data assimilation

Co-benefits

Conflict

Cooperation/ collaboration

Clouds

Climate/ radiative forcing

Climate zone shift

Climate engineering/ geoengineering

Climate eco anxiety/fear

Climate

CH4/ methane emissions

Carbon trading

Carbon dioxide removal/ sequestration

Carbon budget

Buildings

Biofuels

Liability

Barriers to action

Attribution

Natural variability

Anthropocene

Albedo

Aircraft

Afforestation

2 degree target

1.5 Degree target

Wind power

Liability

Natural variability

Water vapour (H2O) concentrations

Weather stations

Liability – Legal liability for climate change implicates a growing range of actors, including governments, industry, businesses, non-governmental organisations and individuals.

Natural variability – Refers to variations in climate that are caused by processes other than human influence. It includes variability that is internally generated within the climate system and variability that is driven by natural external factors such as the Sun and volcanic activity.

Carbon cycle

Carbon footprint

CO2/ carbon dioxide emissions

Conference of the Parties (COP)

Confidence/uncertainty

Drought

Energy

Flood defences

Global atmospheric circulation

Green careers

Greenhouse effect

Individuals

Industry

Infrastructure

Instruments

Land ice/glaciers

UNFCCC/governance

Transport

Tipping points

Sea level rise

Representation

Proxy records

Precipitation

Pollution

Pests and invasive species

Peat

Paris agreement

Ocean warming

Migration (people)

Mental health

Water cycle

Water security

Arctic/Antarctic

Activism and advocacy

Adaptation

Health

Society

Solutions

Storms

Sustainability

Resource loss

Resilience/ vulnerability

Renewable/ non fossil fuel energy

Oceans

Mitigation

Loss and damage

Hindcasts/ projections

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Temperature/global warming

Feedback loops

Extreme weather

Science

Climate justice

Greenhouse gas concentrations

Land usechange

Action

Fossil Fuels

Food security

Flooding/ flood risk

Behavioural change

Biodiversity

Communication

Economy/ economic

Ecosystems

Evidence

Climate justice – Concerns about the inequitable outcomes for different people and places associated with vulnerability to climate impacts and the fairness of policy and practice responses to address climate change and its consequences.

Impacts

Policy

Causes

Climate change