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Climate Change impacts in Scotland

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges for Scotland's nature and landscapes.

The unprecedented rate of human-induced climate change threatens plants and animals that are unable to adapt quickly enough to its effects. This is happening now, and how we choose to respond will affect not only individual species and our distinctive landscapes, but also our lifestyles, our economy and our culture.

Machair mosaic, Loch Druidibeg National Nature Reserve, South Uist. İLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Habitats

Climate change is the single greatest threat to Scotland's habitats. Find out which are most at risk and how they might respond.

Primula scotica  İLorne Gill/SNH For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 458541 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

Species

How will climate change affect species? Will Scotland lose or gain any species? Can species respond to climate change?

Rum National Nature Reserve.  İLorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Geology, soil & landscapes

Climate affects the landform processes that shape our mountains, rivers and coasts. Discover how climate change will affect the dynamics of these processes.

 Modern Pelagic Trawler.  İChris Martin/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Marine impacts

Only recently noted, climate change impacts on the marine environment include temperature changes and ocean acidification.

High rise flats from Cathkin Braes, Glasgow, Strathclyde and Ayrshire Area. İLorne Gill/SNH For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 458541 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright

People and economy

A look at the wide-ranging and often in-direct effects of climate change on us.



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