New case studies show adaptation in action across Scotland
Four new cases studies showing the pioneering action of Adaptation Learning Exchange members are now available to download from our website. Focusing on the experiences of three varied local authorities and the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere, the studies provide practical guidance on making real progress on adaptation.
Topics include carrying out climate change risk assessments, aligning adaptation policy with existing drivers, embedding adaptation in risk registers, and achieving change through partnership working.
Financing Adaptation report launched
A new report from the University of Leeds - supported by Adaptation Scotland - looks at how to improve access to finance mechanisms and maximise the contribution of adaptation actions to the local economy. The report finds that the mechanisms currently available to finance projects adapting infrastructure to climate change, like government capital grants, user charges, the public works loan board (PWLB), and grant funding, are under pressure both from cuts to public finance and challenges of accessing traditional private finance.
The research also sets out areas that need further research and explores where government interventions could remove barriers to finance.
EU IMPRESSIONS climate change impacts project comes to Edinburgh
Leading climate change researchers and stakeholders have gathered in Edinburgh to discuss the impact climate change will have on Scotland's society and economy.
Participants, drawn from a wide range of organisations and disciplines, discussed the implications for Scotland of high-end climate change scenarios, and set out their visions for Scotland in 2100.
Read IMPRESSIONS Scottish case study leader Miriam Dunn's blog about the workshop, and a video summary of the day, here.
Increased investment in UK adaptation required to tackle significant flood risks
New research by the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the UK Committee on Climate Change warns that significant investment is required to prevent future flooding. Covering the whole of the UK and employing three climate change scenarios, future flood risk is projected for the 2020s, 2050s and 2080s.
Under all scenarios the risk of flooding is expected to increase significantly. However, the report argues much of this risk can be reduced if enhanced adaptation actions are implemented.
Research Council report highlights risks to biodiversity from climate change
UK biodiversity is already being affected by climate change, argues a new report by the Natural Environment Research Council’s Living with Environmental Change programme. The Biodiversity Climate Change Impacts Report Card provides a comprehensive overview of how climate change is affecting the UK countryside and what changes are likely to be seen in the future.
Underpinned by 17 technical topic papers by leading experts, findings include significant risks for upland, wetland and coastal habitats, and the need to increase ecosystem resilience across the whole of the countryside; not just in protected areas.
Bank of England Governor urges action to respond to climate change ‘mega-risk’
The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has used a speech at Lloyd’s of London to highlight the ‘mega-risk’ unchecked climate change poses to financial stability. Minimising these risks, he noted, will require the transition to a lower-carbon economy to start early and follow a clear, predictable path.
His comments come as the Prudential Regulation Authority published a report on the impact of climate change on the UK insurance sector, warning long-term impacts could present ‘meaningful challenges’ to insurance business models.
Climaps to create global atlas of climate change adaptation
EMPAS, a joint project led by Sciences Po Paris, has launched a suite of maps and infographics to increase understanding of global climate change adaptation efforts. Developed by a team of social and data scientists, climate experts and information designers, Climaps uses innovative graphics to investigate a wide range of adaptation challenges.
The system has already been used to map national policy positions in UNFCCC negotiations, and to track the impact of adaptation funding in Germany and Bangladesh, with more maps to follow.
Green infrastructure to help Europe withstand climate hazards
A new report by the European Environment Agency explores the contribution strategically planned networks of greenspace can have on reducing the impact of extreme events and natural hazards. Exploring nature-based solutions argues many types of green infrastructure compete favourably in cost with traditional grey infrastructure, and can bring significant co-benefits for local society.
A practical methodology to find locations where green infrastructure can have the biggest impact is included in the report.