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5 March 2014

Letter: A sustainable, long – term plan for the Somerset Levels and Moors


This letter sets out advice from the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) on the preparation of the 20-year plan for the Somerset Levels and Moors following the recent episodes of flooding.

28 February 2014

The risks to housing from overheating

Supporting research

This report was commissioned from BRE by the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC). It provides supporting research for the ASC's report: Managing climate risks to well-being and the economy: Adaptation Sub-Committee progress report.

20 February 2014

Letter: Offer of support to the new Cabinet Committee on Flooding


This letter offers the new Cabinet Committee on Flooding the help and support of the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) of the Committee on Climate Change.

30 January 2014

Scrutiny of IPCC report “Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis”

Briefing note

During the House of Lords Energy Bill Debate on 28 October 2013, Viscount Ridley announced that there were nine ways in which the recent IPCC report (AR5) was less alarming and less certain than the previous IPCC report in 2007 (AR4). This document examines these nine claims using the relevant text from the two reports. Six are found to be incorrect – meaning either that there is no supporting evidence from the text of AR5 relative to AR4, or that AR5 explicitly states that the issues are less relevant to long-term climate projections. Important caveats apply to the remaining three claims.

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21 January 2014

Flood and coastal erosion risk management spending

Briefing note

This note considers publicly available data on flood and coastal erosion risk management expenditure (FCERM) in England. It looks at how this has changed following recent government spending decisions, the introduction of Partnership Funding, and in comparison with estimates of the long-term investment need. Is more being spent than ever before?

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16 January 2014

The Government should use full flexibility under the CAP to maintain the current pace of habitat restoration

Briefing note

England’s wildlife has been in long-term decline. Many species of birds, butterflies, mammals, flowering plants and insects are less numerous and found in fewer locations than in the 1970s. The scale of decline was highlighted in the State of Nature report launched by Sir David Attenborough earlier this year, which concluded that 60% of species have declined to some degree over recent decades; 31% strongly so.

13 January 2014

Letter: CCC response to OLEV call for evidence on measures to support uptake of ultra low emission vehicles


This letter calls for a package of support measures to address both the higher upfront costs of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) and non-financial barriers perceived by consumers.

11 December 2013

Updated projections of global emissions and temperatures (by Met Office and CCC)

Supporting research

This is the technical appendix to The Fourth Carbon Budget Review - part 1. It provides scientific updates to the global climate modelling used since 2008. This modelling was used to guide the Committee of Climate Change's advice on the UK's 2050 target and first three carbon budgets.

11 December 2013

The Fourth Carbon Budget Review – part 2: the cost effective path to the 2050 target

Report, UK Carbon Budgets

This is the second document of a two-part review of the Fourth Carbon Budget, which covers 2023 to 2027. The Fourth Carbon Budget, agreed by the Government in June 2011, was scheduled to be reviewed in 2014. The first part of the review is available here: The Fourth Carbon Budget Review - part 1: assessment of climate risk and the international response (November 2013).

25 November 2013

Letter: Advice on designing flood insurance proposals to encourage flood risk reduction


This letter sets out advice on how to design Flood Re (flood insurance proposals) to encourage reduction of flood risk, which builds on the proposals recently announced by Defra together with evidence from public sources and previous Committee reports.