The long-awaited 25-Year Environment Plan has been published, setting out the Government’s ambitions for enhancing the natural environment over the coming decades. Kathryn Brown provides an initial look at the Plan’s coverage of climate change, and whether it contains sufficient substance.
Cities have a crucial role to play if the UK is to take effective action on climate change. Emissions from cities must fall significantly, and our urban spaces must prepare for the changes that climate change will bring. Gemma Holmes of the Adaptation Sub-Committee secretariat outlines the challenges.
This letter, to the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, emphasises the crucial role that agriculture and the natural environment have to play in reducing UK emissions and preparing for a changing climate.
The independent Natural Capital Committee has just published its advice to the government on what long-term goals are needed for the UK’s natural environment over the coming 25 years. Climate change will exacerbate existing pressures on wildlife, water, soil health and habitats – so working out how this affects long-term goals (and how to measure success) is a huge challenge, says Kathryn Brown of the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) secretariat.
This letter is from Baroness Brown of Cambridge, the chair of the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC), to Professor Dieter Helm, the chair of the Natural Capital Committee (NCC). The letter offers any assistance the ASC can provide to the NCC while it is preparing its advice to the Secretary of State on the 25-Year Environment Plan.
This report outlines the findings from the first phase of a land use modelling project. The aim of the ECI research was to demonstrate that its integrated modelling approach could deliver a range of relevant outputs important for the land use project by the modelling of one mitigation-based scenario and one adaptation-focused scenario.
This briefing note provides an update on the Committee on Climate Change and Adaptation Sub-Committee's ongoing work on land use. The Committee is exploring how improved use and management of land could deliver against both mitigation and adaptation objectives to 2050 and beyond.
Climate change is likely to contribute to increased risk of water supply deficits. Although plans to manage the UK’s water supply and demand are in place, water companies may need to be more ambitious as they develop strategies for the future, says Gemma Holmes.
The Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) of the Committee on Climate Change is seeking two new expert members. The appointees will be responsible for helping to steer the work of the ASC, determining its strategic direction and providing impartial input into the Sub-Committee’s work.
Every year for the past four years, the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) of the Committee on Climate Change has recommended to the Government that more should be done to address the growing risk of overheating in homes and other buildings. But overheating is not generally seen as a big issue compared to other climate risks, such as flooding. Why should the Government, and the public, care about overheating? There are three key reasons, says Kathryn Brown.