Impacts of climate change

Climate change matters to Northamptonshire because it will affect how people live and many of the key local services we use, as well as the environment that we enjoy. Not all of these changes will be negative, but coping with some may be challenging. The following possible impacts of climate change have been predicted for the county:

Threats

Opportunities

Adapting to climate change
The UK Climate Change Impacts Programme explains that while it is essential to reduce future greenhouse gas emissions, the effects of past emissions will continue to be felt for a long time.

In Northamptonshire this could lead to:

Preparing for these changing conditions is called 'adaptation'.

Examples of adaptation
Adaptation to climate change can be preventive, reactive or emergency adaptation. It is best to take preventive action if possible.

Preventive Examples:

Reactive Examples:

Emergency:

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