The climate is changing. There have always been natural fluctuations in climate but observational records show that we are seeing rates of change far greater than those experienced in recent history.
Precise satellite measurements show that the global mean sea level is rising by an average of over 3 millimetres per year and accelerating. Average annual sea surface temperature is rising, with each of the last 11 years among the 12 warmest on record, and Arctic sea-ice retreated to its smallest ever observed extent in September 2012.
Extreme events, such as the flooding which occurred throughout the country in late 2012, or the drought of early 2012, are likely to become more frequent and more severe in the coming decades, bringing potential disruption to the economy. The government has assessed the risks posed by the changing climate and produced The National Adaptation Programme.
The Borough Council is also committed to tackling climate change. In 2008, we were a signatory to the Nottingham Declaration, where councils outlined their commitment publicly to tackling climate change.
Climate Local is a refresh of the Nottingham Declaration where councils outline their commitment to tackling climate change. We have signed up to Climate Local and have produced an action plan declaring our commitments and actions to address climate change.