Climate change & renewable energy - What is climate change?

Climate change is one of the world’s greatest environmental and humanitarian crises. Hotter, drier summers and milder, wetter winters, coupled with altering precipitation patterns and rising sea levels, the list of potential repercussions is long and varied.

While natural climate changes have occurred throughout Earth’s history, scientists across the world have attributed recent observed trends to human activities. This is predominately by burning fossil fuels, which releases heat trapping greenhouse gases into our atmosphere.

The world’s leading body of scientists, the IPCC, warned in their latest report on climate change that the continued release of greenhouse gases, in a business as usual fashion, will lead to an international environmental catastrophe. To avoid the most severe outcomes, we must limit the Earth’s warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Many nations across the world have already begun their journey to reducing and, eventually, eliminating their greenhouse gas emissions. The UK government is at forefront of this battle, having signed into legislation June 2019 a commitment to become carbon neutral by 2050. As such, Bassetlaw District Council will be working hand-in-hand with other Local Authorities and businesses to reduce our emission and supporting the national agenda.

 

 


Last Updated on Tuesday, October 27, 2020