How you can help environmental
As part of our commitment to protecting the environment, we
have put together some information on how to help you save energy
and money in order to reduce our effect on Climate Change.
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Changing Weather Patterns
Climate Change is a variation in our weather
patterns caused by global warming. Scientists believe
that we have contributed to global warming mainly through burning
fossil fuels and deforestation.
The more fossil fuels, such as coal, natural gas and oil we
burn, the more carbon dioxide is released into the
atmosphere. These greenhouse gases that we release then
create a dense layer around the earth which
prevents heat from escaping resulting in the earth
Deforestation also adds to climate change as trees naturally
absorb carbon dioxide and help control global warming. Since
farming began, over half of the world’s forests have been cleared.
Therefore this combined with the burning of fossil fuels has
lead to more and more greenhouse gases being put into the
atmosphere than ever before.
We can all alter the changes in our weather
patterns by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases being
released from the burning of fossil fuels. We can do this by using
less energy which reduces the amount of fossil fuels needed to be
burnt to make electricity and heat for our buildings.
If we don’t do anything it is believed that there will probably
be a continued change in our weather such as warmer drier summers
and warmer wetter winters which is already having an effect on
where we live. This has been seen recently in South Staffordshire
where the Canadian geese in Perton aren't migrating as they did
originally due to our warmer winters. This change to the species
population has resulted in greater erosion of embankments and
grassland and increased competition with
native animal species. Climate change effects have also been
seen in the drying up of pools such as the Wyrley/Essington canal,
resulting in a loss of habitats due to drier summers. If there are
no changes made now, many more risks are likely to occur and our
environment will suffer.
For more information on climate change and the importance of
this issue, please visit the Met Office
Climate Change guide.
To find out more about what South Staffordshire Council are
doing and what you can do, please explore our pages or click on the
South Staffordshire Energy and Our
Local Environment Framework 2012-2017
Home Energy Conservation Act
(HECA) 1995, Report March 2013
Our Carbon Footprint - Greenhouse
Gas Emissions 2011/2012
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