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Climate change budget tops 300m

Flooding in Pontypridd
Communities in Wales will have an advisor on tackling climate change

Wales is to spend £300m cutting carbon emissions as part of its commitment to tackling climate change, Environment Minister Jane Davidson has said.

She has set out a plan on how to cut the emissions in devolved areas such as health by 3% from 2011 onwards.

It includes help for green energy and micro-generation schemes and a pilot to lower cities' carbon footprints.

Last week, a Met Office report claimed temperatures across Wales could rise by by 2.3C by 2050.

The UK Climate Projections 2009 (UKCP09) report predicted hotter, drier summers and milder, wetter winters, with sea levels around Wales predicted to rise by approximately 20cm by 2050.

The report projected daily maximum summer temperatures to increase by 3.4C and daily minimum winter temperatures to increase by 2.5C.

Rainfall was projected to increase in winter on average by 14% and decrease in summer by 16%.

Ms Davidson responded by saying the way to reduce vulnerability to climate change was by equipping people to make decisions that would increase resilience and minimise risks.

She launched the next stage of her response, the assembly government's Climate Change Action Plan consultation, at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Carmarthenshire.

Its initiatives also include new climate change development officers for Welsh communities, rolling out of the Sustainable Travel Towns scheme, advice and support for businesses to go green and buildings skills and research and development for a low carbon economy.

The plans also include the creation of a climate change charter for organisations to sign up to.

'Severe weather'

Ms Davidson said: "There is no silver bullet or easy answer, but we must take action now if we are to have any chance of limiting the damage that could be caused.

"The latest, cutting-edge science says we need to act now. Climate change requires all of us to change our behaviour, change the way we live and work to reduce the emissions which are affecting our climate.

"Some climate change is inevitable due to the impact of past emissions. We need to adapt the way we live and work to cope with a future Wales where there is an increase in severe weather events like heatwaves, droughts and floods.

"Many of the levers to fight climate change rest with the UK government, but the Welsh Assembly Government is determined to play its part in leading action in Wales.

"These proposals outlined in this consultation document represent an investment of around £300m over the next four financial years.

"However, this is about more than government investment. Everyone has a contribution to make to tackling climate change, in every sector and walk of life."

The emissions of the six main greenhouse gases come under the plan.

It will include all "direct" greenhouse gas emissions in Wales except those from heavy industry and power generation, but it will also include the emissions that result from electricity consumption.

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