Effects Of Climate Change : Dr. Johnson's House

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Introduction Climate change is one of the fastest growing concerns in today’s society. The effects of climate change have already been seen across the world in the form of trees and plants flowering sooner, loss of sea ice, shrinking glaciers and longer heat waves . These effects will only increase over time. One of the causes of climate change is increased emission of green house gases (GHG). As a consequence governments worldwide are working towards implementing legislation to reduce these effects, one of which is to encourage people to make properties more sustainable. The focus here will be on Dr Johnson’s house, which is a 300 year old townhouse located within the City of London at 17 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE (see Appendix 1 for location). This old property has had little done to it to reduce GHG. As it will be sold to house an administrative section of the government department, a number of sustainable improvements will be analysed, along with legislation that should be taken into consideration when doing so. Furthermore, the provisions in the case that the property was located in a EU member state and if it was located in a country that is not a EU member will also be examined. Property History The property was built in the late 17th century and altered in the 18th century. Today it is used as a museum to exhibit the works and collections of Dr Johnson who rented the property from the 1748-1759 and wrote the famous Dictionary here, published in 1755 .

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