Climate Change

What is Climate Change?

Climate change is a natural process in which the atmosphere surrounding the Earth absorbs the Sun’s energy. Over time, the temperature of the atmosphere changes and so alters the Earth’s climate. The climate has changed numerous times over many millions of years. However, due to the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil over the past 150 years, there has been a steady increase in the amount of so called ‘greenhouse gases’ in the atmosphere. This has resulted in a dangerous increase in global temperatures.

What does climate change mean for you?

Due to the presence of these additional greenhouse gases, the UK Climate Projections 2009 predict that the climate in Wales is likely to result in:

  • Warmer, wetter winter
  • Hotter, drier summers
  • More frequent and more extreme, weather events.

As a typical valleys area, this would mean that we are likely to suffer from more heavy rainfall events and flooding, but less heavy snow and hard frosts.

As the UK imports significant qualities of food from across the world, climate change will also disrupt food production resulting in some foods being unavailable or more expensive to buy.

What can you do about Climate Change?

Making small changes to your lifestyle and at work, can help to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and so help to minimise the effects of climate change. Reduce, Re-use Recycle

Greener Lifestyle
At Home  At Work  In the Community
Reduce

Reduce the amount of energy you use at home by switching off any electrical appliances that are on standby and installing eco-friendly light bulbs.

At work you can reduce the carbon emissions by organising a car pool system. This is a great way to start a greener lifestyle at work.

By catching the bus or the train you could cut down carbon emissions greatly resulting in a greener environment.

Re-use

Carrier bags can be re-used in the shops or as bin bags around the house.

Use refillable dispensers in the work place opposed to individual disposable ones, such as water dispensers.

You can re-use your grass cutting by placing them in compost bins at allotments or at home.

Recycle

You can recycle most of your household items including plastic bottles, glass bottles, batteries and mobile phones. For a list of items that can be recycled in your home visit Recycling Guide|.

Upto 90% of workplace waste can be recycled including paper, ink cartridges, electrical equipment, plastic, tins and cans.

Car boot sales are a great way to recycle unwanted electricals, toys and clothing. You could also recycle household items through charity shops/outlets.



More information on a greener lifestyle can be found using Recycling Guide|.

Who can I contact for more information about Climate Change?

For more information on climate change please contact us by...
Email SustainableDevelopment@rhondda-cynon-taff.gov.uk|
Phone Environmental Support Unit on 01443 494700
Fax 01443 744466
Post Sustainable Development Team
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council
Valleys Innovation Centre
Abercynon
CF45 4SN