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Happy New Year from Adaptation Scotland!
A very Happy New Year to all our subscribers. 2017 is already shaping up to be a very interesting year for climate change adaptation in Scotland. We're especially looking forward to Glasgow hosting the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference in June. With over 1000+ delegates expected from Europe and around the world it promises to be an exciting and inspiring few days. But to start the year, in case you missed them, below are some of the most popular publications shared in the newsletter last year.

UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017: Scotland Summary
Edinburgh Adapts: Adaptation Action Plan 2016-2020
Our Resilient Glasgow: city resilience strategy
Adaptation Scotland interim impact report: January 2015 - June 2016
Four new Adaptation Scotland case studies
Climate Change Adaptation for Traditional Buildings (Historic Environment Scotland)

Aberdeen Adapts kicks of the new year with three engagement workshops
Adaptation Scotland is working with Aberdeen City Council and the University of Aberdeen to develop the city’s first adaptation strategy.

As part of this process, we will be hosting three engagement workshops in January to help raise awareness of the challenges the region faces and to gather views on what can be done to make Aberdeen climate ready. The workshops will focus on three themes: Economy & Society; Buildings & Infrastructure; and the Natural Environment. You can sign up to attend these free workshops using the links below:
Economy & Society: 19 Jan, Marischal College
Buildings & Infrastructure: 27 Jan, Marischal College
Natural Environment: 30 Jan, Marischal College (email to register interest)

Scottish News

Updated SSN Public Bodies Climate Change Duties guidance tool launched
The Sustainable Scotland Network has launched an updated version of their Public Bodies Climate Change Duties online guidance tool. The e-learning module is designed to help all public sector employees gain a better understanding of their role and responsibilities under the Public Bodies Climate Change Duties.

Last year was the first year of mandatory reporting, with 145 of Scotland's public bodies submitting climate change reports. The analysis of these reports is ongoing, with the results due to be released in March 2017.
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UK News
Major flooding likely every year, warns Adaptation sub-Committee Chair 
Speaking with the Guardian, Lord Krebs, Chair of the Adaptation sub-Committee, has warned that the UK is likely to face major flooding every year from now on. As he prepares to step down from his role as Chairperson of the ASC, he explained, “We have to now get it embedded that this is something that will happen somewhere most years.”

With the Committee on Climate Change having completed an up to date climate risk assessment of the UK in 2016, Lord Krebs also noted the UK is “still a long way from where we need to be” but that “[t]here is still hope this country will make the progress it needs to make.”
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International News

2017 likely to be another very warm year, according to Met Office forecasts
The Met Office’s global temperature forecast suggests that 2017 will be another very warm year globally, but it is unlikely to reach the record breaking heights of 2016 due to the absence of additional warming from El Nino. 

Despite this, the Met Office believes 2017 is likely to join 2015 and 2016 – the two warmest years since records began in 1850 – as among the hottest ever recorded. This continues the trend for exceptionally-high average temperatures, with all of the ten warmest years on record occurring since 1997.
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Rapid change and adaptation efforts in the Arctic captured in new resilience report
2016 was a record-breaking year in the Arctic with summer sea ice at its second lowest extent, some temperatures 20C higher than normal, and cruise ships sailing through the Northwest passage. These climatic pressures are assessed alongside economic, social and ecological changes in a new report from the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Arctic Council.

The culmination of a five year study, the Arctic Resilience Report notes the main drivers of these changes is human activity outside of the Arctic, with climate change playing a particularly large role. The report examines 19 documented or potential regime shifts in the region – from ice-free summers to collapse of fisheries – and 25 case studies of how Arctic communities are building resilience to these challenges.
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Events Diary

Sniffer Flood Risk Management Conference 2017
7-8 February 2017
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2017: What’s next in the fight against climate change (SDRN policy seminar)
7 February
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Environmental Association for Universities & Colleges (EAUC) Conference 2017
22 February
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World Symposium on Climate Change Communication
22-24 February 2017
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Flood and Coast 2017
28-30 Mar 2017
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Resilient Cities 2017
4-6 May 2017
Bonn, Germany
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European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2017
5-9 June 2017
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Transformations 2017 Conference
30 Aug – 1 Sept 2017
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