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Take part in the draft Climate Change Strategy survey

All responses should be received no later than Sunday, 25 September 2022.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) is seeking to gather public views via a survey after developing draft material for a Climate Change Strategy.

The strategy will set out ERYC’s vision and ambitions around climate change across the East Riding and highlight opportunities for future action. Locally, Hedon Town Council has also agreed to discuss the strategy and its involvement in it, at its next relevant meeting.

The council hopes that the strategy inspires residents to consider their own impact on the climate.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Climate Change Strategy poster

The council hopes that the strategy inspires residents to consider their own impact on the climate. Every action counts and success in tackling climate change can only be achieved by working together.

The climate of the East Riding is changing, and as a result, the area is likely to experience warmer temperatures, changes in rainfall patterns, more frequent extreme weather events as well as rising sea levels. Climate change will impact everyone, however, future generations will have to live with the consequences for significantly longer, therefore we all need to make important changes to the way we live and work to reduce the scale of climatic changes.

This survey has been created to gather public views on the draft material for the Climate Change Strategy, so we can create a document that truly reflects the views of residents on climate change across the authority area. Ahead of completing the survey, the council would encourage residents to spend time reading through the summary document provided here, which sets out the key draft information for the Climate Change Strategy.

At the end of the survey, participants will have the opportunity to take part in a climate-friendly prize draw.

The council would like to thank residents in advance for their time and effort in completing this survey and for their support in the development of the Climate Change Strategy.

Take part in the draft Climate Change Strategy survey here.

All responses should be received no later than Sunday, 25 September 2022.

Councillor Chris Matthews, the portfolio holder for environment and climate change at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council has declared a climate emergency and committed to developing a Climate Change Strategy. Draft material for our Climate Change Strategy has been prepared and a public consultation is now live. 

“I would ask that residents take a few minutes to look at the draft material and let us know their views on climate change and the approach of the strategy.” 

While people are urged to view the documents online, a limited number of physical copies of the survey and draft material can be found at the council’s libraries, customer service centres and multi-service centres.

Hedon Blog has sought to highlight discussion on the “Climate Emergency” but the lack of activity on this category heading on Hedon Blog does prompt the question “Despite being called an ’emergency’, does the lack of activity on this issue show that this is in fact NOT being acted upon with sufficient urgency by key authorities (those in charge)?”

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  1. OK, so I am not saying it isn’t happening. What I am saying is “We really don’t have any control over how the Earth work” This is a cycle that is way beyond our control and history teaches us it will happen again. I don’t believe that we are helping with the way we are constantly trying to destroy our own habitats and those of the animal kingdom. .

    Science has struggled to explain fully why an ice age occurs every 100,000 years. As researchers now demonstrate based on a computer simulation, not only do variations in insolation play a key role, but also the mutual influence of glaciated continents and climate.

    Ice ages and warm periods have alternated fairly regularly in Earth’s history: Earth’s climate cools roughly every 100,000 years, with vast areas of North America, Europe and Asia being buried under thick ice sheets. Eventually, the pendulum swings back: it gets warmer and the ice masses melt. While geologists and climate physicists found solid evidence of this 100,000-year cycle in glacial moraines, marine sediments and arctic ice, until now they were unable to find a plausible explanation for it.

    As the scientists from Tokyo University, ETH Zurich and Columbia University demonstrated in their paper published in the journal Nature, these feedback effects between Earth and the climate occur on top of other known mechanisms. It has long been clear that the climate is greatly influenced by insolation on long-term time scales. Because Earth’s rotation and its orbit around the sun periodically change slightly, the insolation also varies. If you examine this variation in detail, different overlapping cycles of around 20,000, 40,000 and 100,000 years are recognisable.

    Simulating the ice and climate

    The researchers obtained their results from a comprehensive computer model, where they combined an ice-sheet simulation with an existing climate model, which enabled them to calculate the glaciation of the northern hemisphere for the last 400,000 years. The model not only takes the astronomical parameter values, ground topography and the physical flow properties of glacial ice into account but also especially the climate and feedback effects. “It’s the first time that the glaciation of the entire northern hemisphere has been simulated with a climate model that includes all the major aspects,” says Blatter.

    Using the model, the researchers were also able to explain why ice ages always begin slowly and end relatively quickly. The ice-age ice masses accumulate over tens of thousands of years and recede within the space of a few thousand years. Now we know why: it is not only the surface temperature and precipitation that determine whether an ice sheet grows or shrinks. Due to the aforementioned feedback effects, its fate also depends on its size. “The larger the ice sheet, the colder the climate has to be to preserve it,” says Blatter. In the case of smaller continental ice sheets that are still forming, periods with a warmer climate are less likely to melt them. It is a different story with a large ice sheet that stretches into lower geographic latitudes: a comparatively brief warm spell of a few thousand years can be enough to cause an ice sheet to melt and herald the end of an ice age.

    The Milankovitch cycles

    The explanation for the cyclical alternation of ice and warm periods stems from Serbian mathematician Milutin Milankovitch (1879-1958), who calculated the changes in Earth’s orbit and the resulting insolation on Earth, thus becoming the first to describe that the cyclical changes in insolation are the result of an overlapping of a whole series of cycles: the tilt of Earth’s axis fluctuates by around two degrees in a 41,000-year cycle. Moreover, Earth’s axis gyrates in a cycle of 26,000 years, much like a spinning top. Finally, Earth’s elliptical orbit around the sun changes in a cycle of around 100,000 years in two respects: on the one hand, it changes from a weaker elliptical (circular) form into a stronger one. On the other hand, the axis of this ellipsis turns in the plane of Earth’s orbit. The spinning of Earth’s axis and the elliptical rotation of the axes cause the day on which Earth is closest to the sun (perihelion) to migrate through the calendar year in a cycle of around 20,000 years: currently, it is at the beginning of January; in around 10,000 years, however, it will be at the beginning of July.

    Based on his calculations, in 1941 Milankovitch postulated that insolation in the summer characterises the ice and warm periods at sixty-five degrees north, a theory that was rejected by the science community during his lifetime. From the 1970s, however, it gradually became clearer that it essentially coincides with the climate archives in marine sediments and ice cores. Nowadays, Milankovitch’s theory is widely accepted. “Milankovitch’s idea that insolation determines the ice ages was right in principle,” says Blatter. “However, science soon recognised that additional feedback effects in the climate system were necessary to explain ice ages. We are now able to name and identify these effects accurately.”

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