Sniffer secures Adaptation Scotland funding
Sniffer has won the tender to deliver the Adaptation Scotland programme for the next three years. The next phase of programme delivery will start in January 2015.
2014 - a year for temperature records
Early figures from the Met Office show 2014 is on course to be one of, if not the warmest, year on record both globally and for the UK.
Key activities will include working with partners to support communities to adapt, and advancing work to build the adaptive capacity of public and private sector stakeholders and partnerships. We will also continue to work closely with policy delivery teams across the Scottish Government.
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A practical guide to values based communication on climate change adaptation is one of the resources to be published from the Adaptation Learning Exchange.
Other resources include templates for adaptation planning, top tips for communicating effectively with different audiences and practical adaptation action ideas.
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Overview of adaptation policy in Scotland
Our new one-page summary provides a briefing on Scottish and UK climate change adaptation legislation and policy. It includes an overview of the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment, and monitoring and evaluation processes.
The summary was produced in partnership with ClimateXChange.
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Good luck to Karen!
After two years as a valued member of the Sniffer team, Karen Miller has left to take up a new post at OFGEM. She will be working in the the Sustainable Development division as Stakeholder and Policy Manager.
We wish her all the best in her new role!
We will be advertising for Karen's replacement early in the new year.
CCC to hold Edinburgh meeting
The UK Committee on Climate Change will have a special focus on Scottish climate change policy at it's first meeting in the new year.
The Committees Adaptation Sub Committee is leading the work on the second UK Climate Change Risk Assessment, to be published in 2017. Adaptation Scotland is one of the organisations helping the Scottish Government to engage stakeholders in a coordinated approach for this work in Scotland.
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Although one warm year does not necessarily say anything about long-term climate change - these trends need to be looked at over longer timescales of several decades - new research techniques developed by the Met Office allow for rapid assessment of how human influence might have affected the chances of breaking temperature records.
Peter Stott, Head of Climate Attribution at the Met Office, said: "Our research shows current global average temperatures are highly unlikely in a world without human influence on the climate. Human influence has also made breaking the current UK temperature record about ten times more likely."
UNEP report warning on climate adaptation funding
A new report from the UN Environment Programme warns that the cost of adapting to climate change in developing countries is likely to reach two to three times the previous estimates of US $70-100 billion per year by 2050.
The Adaptation Gap Report says it is critical that governments understand the shortfalls of money, technology, and knowledge in order to plan and implement effective adaptation strategies.