Adaptation Scotland needs you: stakeholder engagement workshop in April
At Adaptation Scotland we want to ensure we provide the support and resources you really need. In April we will be hosting a stakeholder workshop to allow you, our partners, to have your say on how we can best help you on your adaptation journeys. We want to gather views from all those with an interest in adaptation, working across businesses, communities and the public sector, to make sure our Adaptation Learning Exchange and work focusing on climate ready communities best aligns with the needs of Scotland's adaptation community.
If you want to help make sure the Adaptation Scotland programme works for you register for the workshop using the below:
Adaptation Learning Exchange and Community Adaptation Network
Aberdeenshire Council and ClimateXChange investigate economics of adaptation
Aberdeenshire Council have partnered with ClimateXChange, Scotland’s centre of expertise on climate change, to investigate the costs and benefits of adaptation.
An interim report on weather-related costs to the Council highlights the success of embedding adaptation on the corporate risk register. However the report also notes current data does not provide the true cost of weather-impacts, hampering the Council’s ability to prioritise preventative spending.
Adaptation principles for environmental management highlighted in new SNH climate plan
Scottish Natural Heritage's new Climate Action Plan shows how nature can help us cope with climate change, and how we can help it in turn, making it easier to protect our environment.
The Plan is both an internal review and an external guidance document. Examples of good practice from within SNH are used to derive eight adaptation principles for environmental management. These include enhancing habitat diversity, making space for natural processes and creating opportunities for species to disperse.
Health impacts of climate change could be ‘catastrophic’, warns UK’s top medical institutions
A new alliance of the UK’s leading medical organisations is pressing for more action on adaptation. The UK Health Alliance on Climate Change warns that extreme weather events like flooding and heatwaves pose direct risks to people’s health and systemic threats to hospitals and health services.
Writing to the UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP, the chairs of the BMA, the Royal College of GPs and many other leading health institutions have warned work is urgently needed to prepare the NHS and protect the public from the implications of climate change
UK growing season increased by a month, Met Office finds
During the last decade the ‘plant’ growing season, according to the Central England Temperature (CET) record, has been on average 29 days longer than in 1961-1990, according to new figures from the Met Office. The CET record is the longest complete temperature dataset in the world, with a daily readings dating back to 1772.
As well as an average increase, six of the ten longest growing seasons in the entire CET record have occurred in the last thirty years. Longer growing seasons could boost agricultural productivity but equally bring challenges as plants and pollinators react to new conditions.
Multiple climate records smashed in 2015 as pace of warming increases, warns World Meteorological Organisation
2015 made history, with shattered temperature records, intense heatwaves, exceptional rainfall, devastating drought and unusual tropical cyclone activity, according to the World Meteorological Organization. That record-breaking trend has continued in 2016.
The WMO Statement on the Status of the Climate in 2015 gives details of the record land and sea surface temperatures, unabated ocean warming and sea level rise, shrinking sea ice extent, and extreme weather events around the world, making the case for adaptation all the more pressing.
Rising energy demand could push global warming above 2C by 2030, says new research
Researchers from University of Queensland and Griffith University have found increasing energy demand will drive a huge increase in global energy consumption, with a possible sixfold increase by 2050. Under business as usual scenarios, the data suggests this demand will cause the 2C limit set in the Paris Agreement to be breached by 2030.
The researchers argue for a massive redirection in investment and subsidies from fossil fuels to renewables to prevent this demand driving carbon emissions far above safe levels.