Climate change is caused by greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere, most notably from the burning of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and gas) for energy generation, industry and transport. The effects of climate change will vary across the world, with some of the most severe impacts - such as food and water shortages and the spread of diseases such as malaria - affecting the developing world. In Scotland, research indicates that climate change is likely to mean higher temperatures throughout the year, reduced rainfall in summer and increased winter rainfall, less snow and more unpredictable and extreme weather conditions, resulting in increased flooding, drought, wind damage and heatwaves. You can find out more about what climate change means for Scotland on the Scotland's Environment website and you can read responses to some common climate myths (pdf) that have been compiled by the Sustainable Scotland Network .
The Climate Change (Scotland) Act means that the Council has a duty to contribute to reducing Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions by 42% by 2020, and 80% by 2050; we also have a duty to contribute to Scottish Government's climate change adaptation programme, and to act in the way that is considered to be most sustainable.
Clackmannanshire Council is committed to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases through a range of initiatives such as improved energy efficiency, the development of a green travel plan, reduction of waste, and increased recycling. In January 2007, the Council signed Scotland's Climate Change Declaration. The Declaration has been signed by all of Scotland's local authorities and Scottish Ministers and acknowledges that:
In response to the legislation and the Declaration, Clackmannanshire Council has produced a Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy and a Carbon Management Plan. We also report annually on our climate change progress (see related publications and documents at the bottom of this page).
The Council is already working with partners such as WWF and the Clackmannanshire Heritage Trust on adaptation projects, such as the Clackmannanshire Countryside Rivers Project. This has included Scotland's first "managed retreat" project at the Black Devon Wetland and the innovative "Slowing the Flow" project on the River Devon, which is a practical response to the need for sustainable flood management.
More information on these projects is available through the following links:
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