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We have now gone live with our new IT system, which should improve your experience of our site. As with all new systems there will inevitably be initial teething problems; if you experience any difficulties then please alert the office either by emailing administrator@rmets.org or telephoning us on 0118 956 8500 and speaking with Tim. Thank you for your patience.

Climate Change

Climate change refers to a significant change in climate (either global or regional) that lasts several decades or longer. This change may happen for several reasons: it could be due to purely natural changes in the climate system, it could arise from natural factors outside the climate system (for example changes in energetic volcanoes or radiation from the sun) or it could be a result of human activity.  Although the earth’s climate has changed considerably in the past (and will due in the future) because of natural factors, it is very likely that most of the global temperature rise observed since the middle of the last century has been caused by increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere from human activities such as fossil-fuel burning.