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Climate resilience

The ability to cope with the negative impacts of climate change in a way that reduces these impacts on people and the environment and takes advantage of any positive opportunities.

Example: Preparing our buildings for more frequent heatwaves by installing better ventilation systems.

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Global warming potential (GWP)

A measure of how much heat a greenhouse gas traps in the atmosphere (called ‘radiative forcing’) over certain time periods.  Governments have agreed to use this measure to add up the impact of emissions of different gases and how they contribute to global warming.

Climate change

This is a change in long-term weather patterns due to natural forces, or human activity, or both.

Carbon sinks

A carbon sink is a natural or artificial reservoir like plants, peat bogs or oceans. It soaks up and stores greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide. This process removes greenhouse gas from the air and it keeps our temperatures from getting too high.

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