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20 December 2013 Blog

Why pay farmers to protect birds?

Decisions are due by the Government on the next round of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Specifically, Defra ministers will shortly announce how much CAP funding should be diverted in England from production-linked subsidies (Pillar 1) to agri-environment schemes (Pillar 2). Both benefit farmers but pay them to do different things. There has been recent debate […]
31 July 2013 Publication

Assessing the preparedness of England’s natural resources for a changing climate: Assessing the type and level of adaptation action required to address climate risks in the ‘vulnerability hotspots’

This is  a report supporting Managing the land in a changing climate – Adaptation Sub-Committee progress report (July 2013). The supporting research considers climate impacts on a set of resource categories in terms of their perceived contribution of ecosystem services.
28 July 2013 Publication

Assessing preparedness of England’s natural resources for a changing climate: Exploring trends in vulnerability to climate change using indicators

This is a report supporting Managing the land in a changing climate – Adaptation Sub-Committee progress report (July 2013). The supporting research identifies trends in vulnerability to climate change for a selection of England's terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and the services that they provide.
18 January 2013 Blog
Dairy herd

Blog post: CCC farm tour

By Indra Thillainathan, Senior Analyst at the CCC On a cold but sunny day a week before Christmas, the CCC took an early morning train from London to visit three farms in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. With the agriculture sector central to the work of the CCC*, we were keen to understand the challenges facing the […]
17 October 2011 Blog

Bioenergy team visit energy crop fields

By Senior Analyst, Kavita Srinivasan Members of the CCC Bioenergy team recently joined experts on bioenergy from the  National Farmers’ Union  to visit two miscanthus and short-rotation coppice (SRC) willow farms in Yorkshire. The farms supply woody biomass directly to Drax and other power stations for co-firing, as well as for local heat applications. Miscanthus, […]
13 October 2011 Blog

CCC visit Drax power station

By Russell Bishop, Economist at the CCC Members of the CCC bioenergy review team went to Yorkshire to visit Drax power station. Drax is Western Europe’s largest coal-fired power station and has a generating capacity of 4000 megawatts, producing 26 TWh of electricity in 2010 meeting approximately 7% of the UK’s electricity demand.  The plant […]
15 September 2011 Blog
inside 55 metre high furnace

CCC visit to Tilbury power station

By Indra Thillainathan, Senior Analyst With new European environmental legislation set to close many existing coal fired power stations by 2015, work is already underway by Tilbury power station to convert it into one of the world’s largest dedicated biomass generators . Ahead of its scheduled re-commissioning in November, a few members of the CCC […]
25 July 2011 Blog
Uptown Oil visit

CCC trip to Uptown Oil and PwC’s green headquarters

Seven of us working on the upcoming CCC Bioenergy Report took a trip to Southwark to have a look at the work of a business that produces biodiesel from used cooking oil.
14 July 2011 News story

Key sectors nearing their limits of coping with climate change – 14 July 2011

The UK is coping now, but it is near its limits in some key sectors and could be pushed over the edge by climate change. But by preparing now, the UK can reduce the adverse effects of climate change and take advantage of opportunities, according to a new report published today by the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC).
21 March 2011 Blog
Thames Barrier closing

Protecting London from current and future flood risks

The Thames Barrier is one of the country’s most high-profile symbols of adaptation. It was fitting, therefore, that the Committee on Climate Change adaptation team recently visited the Thames Barrier for its monthly test closure.