Adaptation in practice at flood risk conference
Adaptation Scotland manager Anna Beswick chaired a climate change adaptation session at this year's Sniffer Flood Risk Management Conference.
The conference looked at multiple benefits associated with flood risk management with the adaptation session featuring presentations from Scottish Water, Historic Scotland, SEPA, ClimateXChange and Transport Scotland.
Read more about the conference and download presentations
Adaptation Scotland team expands
At the start of a new three year funding period Sniffer’s Adaptation Scotland team is expanding. We have just recruited a new Climate Resilience Project Co-ordinator and an Information Support Officer and we’ll be introducing our new colleagues to you next month!
Read more about our new work programme
Latest blog post – Glasgow’s resilience journey
In our latest blog post Frankie Barrett, Sustainability Officer at Glasgow City Council, shares his insights on Glasgow’s resilience journey including reflections on a recent community partnership project with Lambhill Stables, Adaptation Scotland and Greenspace Scotland.
Climate change as a national issue
Climate change is seen as one of our top three national issues for the next 20 years by 15% of the population, a survey concludes. The most important issues today are the economy, immigration and health.
Developing the second UK Climate Change Risk Assessment
The process of developing the second UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA2), led by the Adaptation Sub Committee (ASC) of the UK Committee on Climate Change, is well underway. An evidence report on the risks facing the UK from climate change is due in mid 2016.
The Scottish Government, ClimateXChange and Adaptation Scotland are working together to support a coordinated approach for CCRA2, including setting up a Scottish CCRA2 Stakeholder Group.
Consultation on climate change reporting
The Scottish Government has opened a consultation on Public Sector Climate Change Reporting under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.
The consultation runs until 29th May 2015.
Clydeplan Strategic Development Plan Main Issues Report Published
Clydeplan has published the Main Issues Report (MIR) as part of the development of the next Strategic Development Plan (SDP) for the Glasgow and the Clyde Valley city region.
Climate change adaptation is identified as one of 7 main issues. The report is out for public consultation until 27th March.
New online flood forum
A new online forum for anyone involved in flood risk management was introduced at the annual Flood Risk Management Conference, see above.
The forum is managed by Sniffer and the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Network, and will operate as a members-only bulletin board for professionals to connect.
The study of public perceptions of climate change in Britain following the winter 2013/2014 flooding was conducted by the Understanding Risk Research Group, Cardiff University.
ClimateJust website lanuched
The ClimateJust website aims to help practitioners in England to address issues of social disadvantage and climate change.
It provides detailed mapping of ‘hot spots’ across the country, and supporting information, tools and resources to support fairer decision-making and policy creation.
2014 warmest year on modern record
The year 2014 ranks as Earth’s warmest since 1880, according to two separate analyses by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists.
Continuing to study the Earth as a whole system is critical to observing long term changes and to provide the information needed for adaptation planning.
Reducing vulnerability to food price shocks in a changing climate
Climate change exacerbates global food price volatility risks, but this is seldom recognised in national adaptation plans.
A new discussion brief from Stockholm Environment Institute examines the nature of this risk and offers ideas for how import-dependent countries might begin to address it.