Climate change or ‘Climate Breakdown’, as some are starting to call it, is happening fast, globally and locally with Somerset’s precious coastal and wetland areas on the frontline from rising sea levels, severe storms and even drought.
For example, current 2018 Government guidance for managing sea level rise is to assume 1.14m by 2090-2115 rather than the 0.5m that has been used in existing plans for shoreline and catchment flood management which were based on previous guidance using earlier climate projections1.
Never before has it been so vital for the whole county to work together to encourage nature and show how it can be part of the solution, vital to reduce our emissions through energy efficiency, vital to generate renewable energy and vital to preserve the precious carbon safely locked away in the peat in the Somerset Levels and Exmoor, in the Severn Estuary mudflats and in the gas shale along our coast.
Somerset’s nature is affected in many ways but most notably as;
Species moving north as the temperatures warm
Changes in food supply due to a changing climate affecting many species and their breeding success
Disruption to hibernation habits causing animals to awake too early when there is little food available
Find out more about the impacts of Climate Change in this short video