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Climate Change Poole & Bournemouth Area

How will this affect our area?

A local climate impact profile has helped to highlight the severity of extreme weather events and their impacts, based on local media coverage over a five year period. This study indicated that that the most significant weather risks and impacts are:

  • heavy rainfall and surface water flooding
  • storms, gales and high speed winds

Flooding at Sandbanks

It is when these conditions combine, that we get the biggest potential for disrupting and damaging everyday life.  The impacts are often made worse by the consequential failure of power supplies, communication systems and transport infrastructure.

For local businesses, the challenges and opportunities will be different depending on the sector you operate in.

A Green Infrastructure Strategy link will open in new window| has been developed for South East Dorset with the aim of promoting the importance of green infrastructure for the benefits it can deliver in a wide variety of areas, including flood risk management and tackling climate change.

This will include looking in detail at the study of Health Effects of Climate Change in the UK 2012 and local effects of temperature rises on death rates in hot and cold spells. Scientists have also investigated the effects a changing climate will have on pollen production, outdoor and indoor air pollution, floods, ultraviolet radiation, food, water and insect-borne diseases. We need to consider the results and implications for Bournemouth and Poole.

We also need to carry out more investigations into how we deal with hotter summer temperatures and reduced summer rainfalls leading to road surfaces melting, rail tracks buckling and subsidence of pavements and carriageways. Any major disruption to our road network will have significant impacts on the delivery of public services and the health, well being and livelihoods of our residents. 

What is the area doing?

Bournemouth and Poole tourism sectors are responding to the threats and opportunities of climate change for the local tourism industry.

There is a NHS Bournemouth and Poole Heatwave Plan to enhance local resilience in the event of a heatwave. It is becoming increasingly relevant in adapting to the impact of climate change. It highlights what needs to be done by health and social care services and other bodies within Dorset to raise awareness of the risks relating to severe hot weather and what preparations both individuals and organisations should make to reduce those risks.

Potentially the greatest early impact of global warming will be on food supply. In anticipation of food shortages and price rises, food will increasingly be produced close to where it is consumed. Local initiatives include the Dorset Urban Food project, involvement in the national Big Dig campaign and developing a local food strategy.

Wessex Water have an adaptation plan for climate change that sets out their approach and activities and a 25 year water resources plan which incorporates climate change projections.

The Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Local Resilience Forum exists to help our area recover from disaster. This can be defined as the process of rebuilding, restoring and rehabilitating the community following and emergency or disaster and continuing until the disruption has been rectified. This includes the recovery of disaster resulting from extreme weather events.

What can you do?

Residents can 'Beat the Cold', stay warm, well and safe during winter - help your friends and neighbours stay safe during the cold weather.

Check here link will open in new window if you are at risk from flooding and sign up for FREE flood warnings.

Support the Big Dig link will open in new window campaign, grow your own food and buy it locally produced.

If you are in business, the challenges and opportunities will be different depending on the sector you operate in. Climate SouthWest actively engages with 8 sectors promoting positive messages about climate change adaptation and building resilience.

If you are looking for a more comprehensive explanation of what climate change is and what it may mean for us in the UK, then follow these links.

Department of Energy and Climate Change

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC link will open in new window|

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change link will open in new window|

UK Climate Change Projections link will open in new window|

 
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