So we’ve dealt with the at-times difficult (but definitely necessary) touchy-feely side of climate change. Now we’re going to cover some facts about climate science and climate policy for those who want more information.

We’ve read enough guides ourselves to know that these can be incredibly boring- but don’t worry, we’ve tried our best to keep these sections brief, accessible to read, and vaguely sarcastic/enjoyable reading. 

We’re hoping that the definitions included here are fairly self-explanatory, but if you’re unsure of any specialised terminology we use, it should be covered in the glossary. If it’s not, please let us know.


We intend to do another edition, so if you’ve found something wrong with this page, or you have comments, you can either leave a comment below, or else email us on

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