Adaptation training reaches a new audience
Our recent three days of Introduction to adaptation training proved a big hit with practitioners across Scotland. The course included an overview of climate information and tackled key challenges such as identifying and communicating risks and opportunities, building a business case for adaptation action and, demonstrating compliance with the public bodies climate change duties.
Poorest households more likely to flood
A new report from Oxfam shows that the poorest households in England are over three times as likely to have been flooded than those more well-off. The analysis indicates that almost one in five of the poorest third of neighbourhoods in England were hit by floods between 1990 and 2013.
One feature of the day was our ever popular board game.
Feedback from the events suggests participants now feel able to start their adaptation planning.
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UN report shifts focus to adaptation
This week the IPCC released “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability”, the second of three reports that will make up the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). It investigates the consequences of climate change – looking at impacts and vulnerability across the world.
However, there is a fundamental shift of emphasis, with a focus now on adaptation – especially given the serious, but uncertain, impacts that we are likely to face as our climate changes.
Read Adaptation Scotland's blog about the report
Some further coverage:
New Scientist: World must adapt to unknown climate future, says IPCC
IPCC: Press Release and Presentation
The Guardian: IPCC report highlights the importance of carbon targets
BBC: Climate impacts ‘overwhelming’ - UN
RSPB Scotland: IPCC report highlights climate change affecting Scotland’s iconic natural heritage
Scotland making progress on emissions reductions
The Committee on Climate Change has published the third report on progress towards meeting emission reduction targets under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act. The Committee finds that emissions are slightly higher than the target but that Scotland has nevertheless made good progress in a number of key sectors.
Glasgow citizens get a say on energy and environment issues.
Glasgow City Council are wanting the views of the city's residents on energy and environmental issues. An online questionnaire is part of developing an Energy and Carbon Master Plan.
Vote for Scotland's best place
The Royal Town Planning Institute is looking for Scotland's best place. A public vote has already identified a top 10. The deadline for having your say is 7 May.
Building community resilience to climate change
A new study from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation looks at the lessons from a scheme that helped residents of a York neighbourhood to make their community more environmentally sustainable and resilient to climate change.
Climate change will not reduce winter deaths
Research from the University of Exeter and University College London indicates that milder winters as a result of climate change are unlikely to reduce winter mortality. The report says that while better housing and health care may reduce winter deaths, extreme weather events are likely to pose an increased risk.
Call for contributors to UKCCRA evidence report
The Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change are seeking seven lead contributors to help in drafting the evidence report for the next UK Climate Change Risk Assessment, due in 2016. The closing date is 10am on 14th April.
The project specification and further details reference “Contributors2014”
The general call for evidence for the UKCCRA is open until 30 April
Climate change will reduce crop yields sooner than thought
A study led by the University of Leeds has shown that global warming of only 2°C will be detrimental to crops in temperate and tropical regions, with reduced yields from the 2030s onwards.
Japanese garden as they wait for the train
The Japanese project Soradofarm uses the rooftops of train stations to accommodate urban gardens. The urban agriculture project offers waiting train passengers to use their transfer time to relax and practice their gardening skills.