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Between now and the end of June the “fifth carbon budget” must be written into law by Parliament. The budget will set the cap on UK emissions for the period 2028-2032. By law it must be legislated within the next three months but, like all budgets, its content is subject to discussion and debate. The […]
After a momentous fortnight, which saw 150 world leaders attend the opening days of the COP21 climate summit, the dust has begun to settle on the much-anticipated Paris Agreement. Lord Deben and Lord Krebs take a step back to consider the highs and the lows of the deal.
The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd, recently announced the Government’s intention to continue supporting offshore wind into the 2020s, providing costs continue to fall. If that approach proves successful, offshore wind could play a key part in the UK’s low-carbon future, writes the CCC's Mike Hemsley.
The UK’s rich wildlife and distinctive landscapes are a source of inspiration to millions of people, and there is a growing recognition that ‘natural capital’ - our water, soils, land, sea, air and the wildlife they sustain - is as important for the UK’s prosperity and quality of life as economic and social capital. Yet, climate change is set to radically change many aspects of the UK’s natural environment in the future, with implications for the vital services and benefits nature provides. The CCC's David Thompson looks at the findings of a new research report to inform the UK's second climate change risk assessment in 2017.
The CCC's David Style explains why there is every merit in looking seriously at extreme high and low climate change projections to assess whether we are doing enough to adapt to climate change. The blog draws on key findings of a new research project on so-called H++ scenarios commissioned by the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) as part of its work to inform the Government’s next climate change risk assessment in 2017.
What are the potential impacts of climate change on flooding and water availability in the UK? In this blog, the CCC's David Style sets out the key findings of two new research projects commissioned by the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) as part of its work to inform the Government’s next climate change risk assessment in 2017.
A lot of attention is paid to the global impacts of climate change; melting Arctic ice, coastal flooding and coral bleaching to name a few. But what are the risks to the UK from rising global temperatures? The CCC's Head of Adaptation, Daniel Johns, looks ahead to the second Climate Change Risk Assessment.
The next 80 days will be crucial in the development of domestic and international policy to combat climate change. Between now and December, when the much anticipated international climate talks in Paris draw to a close, discussions about how to tackle the causes and consequences of rising global temperatures will rarely be out of the spotlight. For the Committee on Climate Change, as independent advisers to Government and Parliament, the autumn period is no less busy.
There was some disappointing news from the transport sector in our most recent report to Parliament. Whilst new cars continue to meet tighter and tighter emissions standards last year, that was more than offset by increased usage of cars as total kilometres travelled rose from 386 to 394 billion kilometres.
Cars and vans are getting more efficient. Since the introduction of EU regulations on CO2 from new cars in 2009, manufacturers have reduced their official emissions by over 16%, and they will have to be cut by a further 24% to meet the target set by the EU for 2020. This is good news, but […]