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Adapting to climate change

18 August 2016

Climate change is defined as a change of climate, whether it's attributed directly or indirectly to human activity, that alters the makeup of the global atmosphere.  

 

There are two ways in which to address climate change and increasingly unpredictable weather patterns:

 

  • Adaptation to the impacts of climate change such as protecting communities from water shortages, flooding heat wave and cold spells.
  • Mitigation to address the causes of climate change such as reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

 

Learn more about what the government's doing about climate change adaption.

 

Essex Local Climate Impact Profile

An Essex Local Climate Impact Profile was published in 2010, assessing the impact of weather events from January 2004 to December 2009 on local authority services, businesses and communities. This report provided support to help local authorities make informed adaptation decisions and develop action plans.
 
 

Building Resilience in Essex Communities

The BREC project aimed to understand how five Essex communities responded to climate change and what support they needed to improve their community resilience and quality of life for residents.
 
In March 2012 Big Lottery Communities Living Sustainably awarded  £10k to develop a project concept which resulted in the overall vision of BREC:
 
For case studies from the east of England, visit Sustainability East 
 

BREC seminar

On 25 April 2013 a seminar was held to look looking at how we manage and reduce the effects of flooding and what individuals and communities can do to support this. See the presentation slides.
 

Adapting to Climate Change action plan

The council has produced an action plan which highlights the potential disruption severe climatic events could have on our services.
 
By planning and preparing for severe weather and the unpredictability of our climate, we hope to build resilience into our services and aim to reduce potential damage and cost.  An explanation of this plan is contained within the accompanying summary and non-technical summary.
 
The annual report reviews the progress of the action plan for 2014/15. Appendix year four gives a more detailed review of the services.
 
Previous annual reports

Mini Guide: Why we need to adapt

This mini guide aims to provide an overview of our changing climate and extreme weather and makes the case for why it is important the council continues its action to adapt and mitigate the impacts from severe weather and a changing climate.