The Situation in Herefordshire
Where do Herefordshire's emissions come from?
The Local Impact
If global temperatures continue to rise, then in Herefordshire we could expect the maximum temperature of the hottest day of the year to continue to increase, the number of days that exceed 25c increase, the number of days it rains in the summer would decrease but it would be heavier causing flash flooding. Floods would likely become more common in the winter as well. See the BBC's What will climate change look like near me page.
One of the most obvious local impacts of climate change is the increase in frequency and severity of flooding in Herefordshire.
Herefordshire Council works with the emergency services, the Environment Agency, the Met Office and the utility companies to tackle flooding within the county. Together with other partner authorities and key stakeholders in Herefordshire, the council have produced a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy.
For more information on flooding, including how to prepare for a flood, reporting floods and support after flooding please visit Herefordshire Council's after a flood page.
Everyone from across the county can get actively involved in the Greener Footprints campaign, which is driven by the community for the community to help Herefordshire to be net zero by 2030.
The aim is to encourage, inspire and mobilise people and organisations from all corners of the community to be part of a Herefordshire-wide "movement of positive action" on a scale never seen before, in order to tackle climate change and protect the county's rich nature and wildlife.
Achieving net carbon zero will mean that we will have to deal with emissions that remain after all possible actions have been carried out. Some sectors such as transport will not be able to get to zero emissions and so offsetting that remaining carbon through sequestration will be required. Carbon sequestration is the process of capturing and storing carbon dioxide, for example by planting additional trees that absorb carbon dioxide and store the carbon.