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How well are Scottish local authorities assessing flood risk?

Flooding is a key threat facing Scotland’s natural and built environment, communities and economic activity. This project assessed how Scottish local planning authorities implement national land use planning policies on flood risk.

The study found that the Local Development Plan (LDP) process is effective in applying national land use planning policies on flooding. It also found that all of the LDPs examined were consistent with Scottish Planning Policy but that local flooding polices are not consistently being applied through the management of development applications. This has resulted in developments in areas at potentially significant risk of flooding.
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ECCA 2017 'Our Climate Ready Future' Abstract call

The European Climate Change Adaptation Conference to be held in Glasgow 6-9 June 2017 will aim to inspire and enable people to work together to discover and deliver positive climate adaptation solutions that can strengthen society, revitalise local economies and enhance the environment.

The conference will bring together the people who deliver action on the ground – from business, industry, NGOs, local government and communities – to share knowledge, ideas and experience with researchers and policymakers.

Sessions and abstracts can be submitted until 30 September
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User workshop for UKCP18

The updated set of climate projections for the UK – collectively termed ‘UKCP18' - will provide information on how the UK climate may change over the rest of this century. The updated projections will be an important source of information for organisations that have to manage climate risks to their services, assets and operations. 

ClimateXChange will host a workshop for Scottish users to feed in ideas to make the projections as useable for improving our understanding of climate risks and informing adaptation decisions as possible. The session will:
  • To introduce the UKCP18 project (Dr Fai Fung, UKCP18 Climate Services Manager at the Met Office Hadley Centre will provide an introduction to the project and details on products, processes and timelines).
  • To carry out decision mapping for Scottish users: to map user challenges & problems that UKCP18 products can help resolve.
  • To generate ideas for case studies that can support development and piloting of UKCP18 products.
The workshop will be at the ECCI 13:30-17:00 on 30 August
Please contact Darcy Pimblett to reserve a place
Read more about the UKCP18 process


The Renewable Energy Sector in Scotland

The Scottish Affairs Select Committee has in a new report warned that uncertainty risks harming growth in Scotland's renewable energy industry

The report highlights the great successes that have been made in expanding renewable energy capacity in Scotland. However, the Committee warns that recent changes in Government policy have created uncertainty that could threaten the industry's prospects for further growth.
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Agriculture & forestry report card

This LWEC Report Card gives an overview of how climate change is affecting agriculture and forestry in the UK, and how it might affect these two types of land use in future
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Keep up to date with the latest discussions in the Scottish Parliament's Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee on
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CCRA sets out clear need for action

The Committee on Climate Change has published their evidence report for the 2017 climate change risk assessment. The report sets out the urgent need for action to adapt to the risks from a changing climate.

ClimateXChange will over the next few months review our research priorities in light of the assessment.

Read CXC's summary of the CCRA
Read the CCRA



Read our
Report on Research and Policy Developments - Energy and Climate Change  for July

Events @ECCI
The essential role of the arts in addressing climate change
Is climate change a result of culture - in the widest sense?
25 August, ECCI
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Local energy systems in the UK: Taking stock and looking forward. 
ECCI, 22 September 
This interdisciplinary event provides a space for researchers, policymakers and practitioners to share knowledge about local energy, and to identify the key challenges and opportunities for the future.  The event will address the following questions: 
1)  What is a ‘local energy system’ and how is this being enacted in practice across the UK?
2)  What evidence is there that local energy systems can, and will, deliver the social, economic and environmental benefits expected?
3)  What conditions and innovations (in governance, technology, financing mechanisms, institutional and social organisation) are required to realise the potential of local energy systems?
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Other events
Transformations 2017
Interdisciplinary conference on sustainability, Dundee
30 August - 1 September
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Evidence and the Politics of Policymaking: where next?
Current issues of critical concern regarding the ways in which evidence is used in policy
14-15 September, Bath
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Community resilience & reducing climate disadvantage – policy synergies
A one-day participative event to explore community resilience and climate disadvantage in Scotland.
20 September, Edinburgh
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1.5 degrees: Meeting the challenges of the Paris Climate Agreement
Environmental Change Institute Conference
21-22 Sept, Oxford
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