Adaptation Scotland says IPCC report strengthens the case for urgent adaptation action
The IPCC's report ‘Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis’ gives unequivocal evidence of our warming climate system. The report – even the ‘Summary for Policymakers’ – is a fairly technical document reflecting many of the complexities of climate science. However, it is an important and comprehensive source of information with some very strong statements about the influence of humans on our changing climate, and in doing so also underpins the need to take adaptation action across the globe. The next IPCC report on ‘Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability’ will be released in March 2014.
Work on further climate change report cards
The LWEC Impact Report Cards will pull together the latest evidence to provide a robust, reliable and up to date report on climate impacts.The first series of cards will contain evidence for the UK's second Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) and each card will focus on a particular sector of relevance to the CCRA. Report cards on biodiversity and water have already been published.
Read Joseph Hagg's blog on the report
Read the IPPC report
See how temperature will rise in your lifetime
Scotland's Adaptation Conference a great success
The conference showcased, engaged and inspired - not our words but those of one of our key note listeners Cllr Stephen Hagan, Cosla's spokesperson on Development, Economy and Sustainability. All the presentations are now available online along with views from participants.
Read Eric Dawson's, A+DS, blog about the conference
Read Jim Densham's, RSPB, blog about the conference
Making climate adaptation accessible
Adaptation Scotland is always looking for new ways to present our work. Lately we’ve gone all Prezi, including all of our presentations at Scotland’s Adaptation Conference. In his latest blog entry, Joseph Hagg from Adaptation Scotland explores the ins and outs of moving away from PowerPoint.
Read the blog
Analysis of Year Five SCCD Reports published
SSN have published their analysis of the Year Five Scotland’s Climate Change Declaration (SCCD) Reports. It shows that Scottish local authorities are demonstrating real understanding of corporate climate change mitigation and clear evidence of partnership working between the authorities, community planning partnerships and external organisations. The analysis shows that SCCD reports also provide a good overview of local authority work on climate change adaptation. All 32 Scottish local authorities completed SCCD reports for the third year in a row.
SSN conference programme available
'Win, win, win' is the tilte of the SSN conference taking place on 7 November in Edinburgh. Earlier this year SSN, which supports public sector action for sustainability, widened the scope of its membership beyond local authorities to include all Scottish public bodies, and the conference now boasts delegates from organisations as diverse as the Scottish Courts Service, Skills Development Scotland, Registers Scotland and the NHS, as well as regular visitors like SNH, SEPA, Forestry Commission Scotland, local authorities and the Scottish Government.
African cities leading the way in climate adaptation strategies
Despite the continent’s progress, climate change continues to threaten Africa’s development gains and prospects, with most studies indicating that Africa will be the worst affected region globally. Cities like Addis Ababa, Cairo, Johannesburg and Lagos are leading other cities in developing and implementing long-term adaptation strategies.
Climate change can make people more violent
A new report in the journal Science concludes that even slight spikes in temperature and precipitation have greatly increased the risk of violence and social upheaval throughout human history. The researchers from Princeton University and the University of California-Berkeley suggest that more human conflict is a likely outcome of expected climate change.