Find out about the science of climate change and the views of scientists.


Links to several expert websites giving different views about the likely impact of the referendum result on climate change.

This is a brilliant way of showing the effect of all sorts of things on the world temperature since the late 19th century - variat

A recent report* estimates that most of the known reserves of coal, oil and gas must remain in the ground.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: Reports from its Fifth Assessment (2013-2014)

If humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, the average temperature of the Earth’s lower atmosphere could rise more than 4°C by the end of the 21st century.

Research in the USA has concluded that, over 20 years, both shale gas and conventional natural gas have a larger greenhouse gas effect than do either coal or oil. A 20-year timescale was used since this is close to the period starting now over which humanity has to drastically cut emissions to avoid dangerous climate change.

An article in “The Ecologist” by Paul Mobbs counters the UK Government's insistence that gas from fracking offers a low carbon, low cost route to energy abundance.  It argues that

A recently published paper by Richard Davies et al.

On 23 May 2014 the British Geological Survey published a report summarising their review of the potential for oil and gas in the Jurassic shale rocks of the Weald Basin. This Basin stretches from Salisbury, Wiltshire in the west to Ashford, Kent in the east and down to the south coast.

Thanks to global data-collection and advances in analysis, scientists now have a much clearer understanding of how our climate is changing and the possible implications for weather.



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This YouTube clip gives you a succinct (4 minute) description of the latest (April 2014) science as recently summarised in the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’

Cold & snowy weather might generate headlines and even sway public opinion, but it doesn’t disprove climate change. See the pdf factsheet by clicking here. Join the campaign to get shops to close their doors at

Carbon Cycles and Sinks Network Year One Report


Articles about coal, oil, petrol, gas. See also our pages on divestment at

Find out everything you need to know about shale gas and fracking

This page is about the carbon footprint of our water supply.  Hot water is covered under "Heating and hot water"


The Science and Technology Advisory Panel (STAP)

  • provides up-to-date information, advice and documentation on scientific and technological matters to WinACC
  • works with other WinACC groups in areas of mutual interest where STAP’s scientific knowledge and opinion is useful
  • reviews information from WinACC such as presentations and web materials for scientific accuracy
  • publishes on climate change.
It is also working with Winchester City Council to measure and reduce Winchester district's carbon footprint.

STAP meetings

The Science and Technology Advisory Panel (STAP) meets 7.30-9.00 pm on 3rd Tuesday of alternate months. Contact if you want to come to a meeting.

STAP terms of reference

STAP members

Publications by members of STAP

Climate science

This e-book explores three major contemporary issues that will affect all of our lives in the 21st century – climate change, the limits to growth, easy oil – and the possible impacts they will have on our communities and futures. In particular it highlights the vital transition from a fossil fuel to a low-carbon future that is already beginning to occur.

This ebook is a timely and practical response to the greatest challenge of our times – climate change.

Nations have agreed to aspire to a boundary of 1.5ºC global mean average temperature rise. But to what degree is this new "icon" for limiting climate change based on science and can we even achieve it?

A summary of the IPCC Synthesis Report 2014

This third edition of the book is bursting with essential information to help you make your home and buildings less harmful to the environment, the community and your family.

A short talk by Lord Nicholas Stern discussing the state of the climate, in the lead up to the UN Climate Summit on 23 September 2014.

Article by David Knight and Bob Whitmarsh

Our World Our Share