Coping With Climate Change

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Costs Of Climate Change

MITIGATION COSTS:

Implementing energy-efficient technology in homes and buildings.

Switching to renewable resources, such as wind, solar and biomass.

Investing in public transport systems to reduce car use.

Taxes on carbon emissions for businesses and individuals.

Capturing and storing some carbon emissions, 'Carbon Capture'.

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Costs Of Climate Change

'Do Nothing' Costs

Increased cost of farming and food.

Migration and dealing with refugees.

Increased water costs in areas where supply is low.

Increased aid regarding food security.

Increased healthcare costs.

Intrastructure such as coastal and flood defences.

Higher insurance premiums in a more hazardous climate.

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Current/potential climate change policies

UK: Aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 60% in 2050.

USA: Aims to reduce GHG by 18% by 2012.

Norway: Aims to exceed the Kyoto agreement and cut 1990 emission levels by 30% by 2020.

China: Aims to reduce Carbon emissions by 1.5bn tonnes if the National Action Plan On Climate Change is implemented.

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CASE STUDY: London's Climate change strategy

in 2007 the mayor of London launched the 'Action Today To Protect Tomorrow' plan for London. The plan commits the city to reducing it CO2 emissions to 30% of 1990 levels by 2025.

How can this be achieved?

The Green Homes Programme-Subsidised or free home insulation.

Setting and enforcing new building standards.

Investing in small scale renewable energy schemes.

Encouraging 'waste to energy' schemes.

Providing clean efficient public transport. Converting all 8,000 buses to electric hybrids.

Encourage cycling.

Promoting the purchase of low carbon goods.

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