Edinburgh Adapts launches new adaptation action plan for Scotland’s capital
Edinburgh celebrated the launch of its first climate change adaptation action plan and vision this month. Jointly developed by the Edinburgh Sustainable Development Partnership (ESDP), Adaptation Scotland and over 40 city stakeholders, the Edinburgh Adapts Action Plan and Vision contains over 100 partnership actions aimed at making the city more resilient to the impacts of climate change.
Speaking at the launch event in Holyrood Park, Cllr Lesley Hinds, Chair of the ESDP, said: “By working with partners to produce Edinburgh Adapts, we are able to better understand the effects a changing climate will have, enabling us to become both a resilient city and a greener, safer and healthier place to live.” Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, also endorsed the new plan, noting: "I'm delighted to welcome Edinburgh's first Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan... Tackling the effects of climate change is crucial as the challenges of increasingly unpredictable weather and extreme conditions are only likely to increase if we don't take action now."
Aberdeen Adapts project launch
Adaptation Scotland is working with Aberdeen City Council and the University of Aberdeen to develop the city’s first adaptation strategy.
Fifty organisations attended the project launch event which took place at Aberdeen Town House on the 21st November. Sector specific workshops will follow in the new year along with wide range of engagement activities involving people across the city.
New guidance on adaptation for traditional buildings published by Historic Environment Scotland
Historic Environment Scotland has launched a new guide on climate change adaptation for traditional buildings, with support from Adaptation Scotland.
Aimed at homeowners, building professionals, and landlords, the detailed new guide covers both the external and internal challenges of preparing historic buildings for changing conditions, as well as providing information on the necessary planning consent and permissions.
Scottish climate change minister gives reflections on COP22 in new environment blog
Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, has launched the Scottish Government’s new environment blog with her reflections on the recent COP22 meeting in Marrakech.
Building on the success of last year’s Paris Agreement, she notes “between all the meeting and events it was clear to see the momentum on cutting greenhouse gas emissions is unstoppable.”
Present your work on flood risk and climate change at the 2017 Sniffer conference
The call for papers for the 2017 Sniffer Flood Risk Management Conference is now open. Taking place on the 7-8 of February at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, the conference is the annual gatheirng for Scotland's flood risk management community. Oral and poster presentations are sought on four main themes, including the impact of climate change on flood risk management.
The deadline for submissions to the conference is Sunday 11 December. More information on the themes and submission guidelines can be found here
Flood management should change to meet rising risks, say MPs
A new report on flood prevention in England and Wales by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has recommended sweeping changes to the way flooding is managed. With record breaking winter weather, and costs for damage caused by Storm Desmond alone running to £5 billion, the Committee argues current Government plans are not enough to meet rising risks.
The report makes a number of recommendations to improve flood risk management, including establishing new Regional Flood and Coastal Boards and commissioning a large-catchment trial of natural flood management approaches before July 2017.
Take part in the SECTEUR climate information survey
In an effort to better understand the needs of users of climate information and impact indicators, the EU Commission’s SECTEUR project has launched a new User Requirements Survey. The results of the survey will inform the Copernicus Climate Change Service and be used to created free climate information and impact indicators.
The SECTEUR project focuses on six areas: insurance, tourism, coastal areas, agriculture & forestry, health, and transport. You can take the survey here.
2016 likely to be the hottest year on record
The Met Office says 2016 is on track to be the warmest year since the beginning of the instrumental record in 1850. If confirmed when the final results are compiled at the end of the year, 2016 will be the third consecutive year of exceptionally-high average surface global temperatures.
The Met Office announcement coincides with the statement from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) which says preliminary data shows that 2016’s global temperatures are approximately 1.2°C above pre-industrial levels.
Leading insurers warn climate impacts threatens ability of their industry manage risk
The ability of the global insurance industry to manage society’s risks is being put under increasing pressure by climate change impacts, according to a new report. The analysis by the ClimateWise coalition of 29 insurers warns that the frequency of weather-related catastrophes has increased six-fold since the 1950s. The report explains as climate-related risks occur more frequently some particularly vulnerable assets are becoming uninsurable.
Speaking at the report’s launch, John Scott, Chief Risk Officer at Zurich Global Corporate, noted: “Finding viable ways to help society adapt and become more resilient to the inevitable changes relate to ongoing climate change is vital.”