Insights listing

Climate change is getting worse but it is no worse than we predicted

4 May 2020 Members of the Committee on Climate Change

Worsening climate change should not be mistaken for individual events that are worse than expected. Recent extremes give a clear picture of the impacts and risks that come with a human-driven warming climate. Extreme events also emphasise the urgency of action to achieve Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change, write Professor Piers Forster and Professor Corinne Le Quéré.

How much more climate change is inevitable for the UK?

21 April 2020 Kathryn Brown

One of the key questions that people ask about climate change is “does meeting our net zero targets mean we can forget about adaptation?” or, to put it another way, “how much more climate change is inevitable?”

Developing a blueprint for monitoring global climate change risk

16 October 2018 Andy Russell

The Committee on Climate Change and the China Expert Panel on Climate Change have published a joint report on Climate Risk Indicators. The two-year project aimed to develop a set of indicators for a new climate change risk assessment system as a proof of concept. Dr Andy Russell explains.

It’s now or never for one and a half degrees

8 October 2018 Mike Thompson

Today the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its Special Report on ‘Global Warming of 1.5°C’. Mike Thompson, Head of Carbon Budgets at the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) reflects on the report and what it means for the Committee’s next phase of work.

First the heat, then the rain: The problem of surface water flooding in England

30 July 2018 Gemma Holmes

Surface water flooding is a widespread and growing problem. It occurs when the volume and speed of rainwater exceeds that which is able to filter into the ground and drain through the sewage networks. Gemma Holmes, Senior Analyst at the CCC’s Adaptation Sub-Committee, explains what can be done about it.

Fake emissions tests cheat consumers and the environment

27 July 2018 Ellie Davies

New evidence suggests that recently-introduced EU emissions tests for cars and vans are already being manipulated by car manufacturers. Ellie Davies, the CCC’s Transport Analyst, explains why that’s bad news for the UK’s climate change targets, and the public.

The new National Adaptation Programme: Hit or miss?

19 July 2018 Kathryn Brown

Every five years the UK government sets out how it intends to manage the increasing risks from flooding, drought, heat, sea level rise and severe weather in a ‘National Adaptation Programme.’ Kathryn Brown, Head of Adaptation at the Committee on Climate Change, takes a first look at the government’s latest plan and considers whether it’s fit for purpose.

A pivotal moment for Scottish climate action

11 July 2018 Lord Deben, Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change

I am delighted that the Committee will be returning to Scotland later this week to hold another meeting in Edinburgh. It comes at an exciting time for Scottish climate action, writes CCC Chairman, Lord Deben.