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The fifth carbon budget – a balanced path to a necessary goal

31 March 2016 Mike Thompson

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 […]

COP21 Paris - Plenary session

The good, the bad and the ugly of the Paris Agreement

21 December 2015 Lord Deben and Lord Krebs

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.

Gunfleet sands offshore wind farm

Offshore wind: A valuable ingredient in the UK’s future energy mix

2 December 2015 Mike Hemsley

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.

Peak district landscape scene

Preparing for the impacts of climate change on the UK’s natural environment

2 December 2015 David Thompson

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.  

Large Waves Breaking Against Sea Wall At Dawlish In Devon

Why it’s sensible to stress test climate change adaptation plans

4 November 2015 David Style

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.

Preparing for UK water extremes: flooding and drought

29 October 2015 David Style

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.

Resident survey damage on June 30, 2007 in Toll Bar near Doncaster, England.

Second UK Climate Change Risk Assessment gathers pace

26 October 2015 Daniel Johns

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.

80 days of climate action

29 September 2015 Matthew Bell

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.

Cyclist rides in a cycle lane

UK transport is heading in the wrong direction

15 September 2015 Amy McQueen

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 on a motorway

Vehicle emissions testing: mind the gap

8 September 2015 Jack Snape

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 […]

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