Global warming is the increase in the average temperature of the Earth's near-surface air and oceans since the mid-20th century and its projected continuation. Global surface temperature increased 0.74 ± 0.18 °C (1.33 ± 0.32 °F) between the start and the end of the 20th century.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that most of the observed temperature increase since the middle of the 20th century was caused by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases resulting from human activity such as fossil fuel burning and deforestation.
The IPCC also concludes that variations in natural phenomena such as solar radiation and volcanism produced most of the warming from pre-industrial times to 1950 and had a small cooling effect afterward.
These basic conclusions have been endorsed by more than 40 scientific societies and academies of science, including all of the national academies of science of the major industrialized countries.
MPs in agreement with the scientific consensus
Parliamentary Candidates in agreement with the scientific consensus
The below is a list of Parliamentary Candidates who have stated or implied they are broadly in agreement with the scientific consensus that recent global warming has anthropogenic causes.
See candidate's article for more details on the candidate's position.
- Nancy Platts (Brighton, Pavilion), "...we need to tackle this enormous issue on a national and international scale".
- Mark Clarke (Tooting), "Mark Clarke believes that everyone in Britain needs to face up to the challenge of climate change."
- Rachel Joyce (Harrow West), "I'm not 100% convinced by the science, but I don't believe we can take a chance on it being wrong."
- Anne-Marie Morris (Newton Abbot), "It must be a priority to reverse or at least arrest the march of global warming."
- Andrew Percy (Brigg and Goole), "Climate change matters..."
- Charlotte Vere (Brighton, Pavilion), "The environment - and in that I include climate change, sustainability, energy security etc. - is no longer a single issue."