Climate change is happening and is due to human activity, this includes global warming and greater risk of flooding, droughts and heat waves. The UKCIP02 climate change scenarios were derived from a series of climate modelling experiments commissioned and funded by Defra, undertaken by the Hadley Centre and analysed by the Tyndall Centre. They are not probabilistic like the later UKCP09 scenarios, but were based on four different emissions scenarios over three time periods. The ‘Initial Assessment of UKCIP02 Climate Change scenario data for the Sefton area, Merseyside’ was compiled in January 2009.
On 25 November 2009, Cabinet approved a coordinated response to Climate Change
Report to Cabinet 25 November 2009: 209 - The Development of Low Carbon Economy in response to Climate Change
A further report to Cabinet on 25 August 2010 focussed on Developing the Low Carbon Economy
More recent Sefton initiatives or strategies which are related to climate change adaption or mitigation include the Sustainable Energy Action Plan (Covenant of Mayors)
Carbon Management Plan
and flood risk and coastal defence plans or strategies.
Other Environmental Studies (above) also relate to climate change, for example the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment and Green Space Strategy for Sefton.