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26 June 2015 Publication

Soil erosion and water use in agriculture (by Cranfield University)

This report was commissioned from Cranfield University by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). It provides supporting research for the CCC's report: Reducing emissions and preparing for climate change: 2015 Progress Report to Parliament.
24 March 2015 Publication

Reducing emissions in Scotland – 2015 progress report

This is our fourth report on Scotland’s progress towards meeting emission reduction targets, as requested by Scottish Ministers under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.
16 March 2015 Insights

CCC visits Northern Ireland

Our Chairman Lord Deben, Chief Executive Matthew Bell and I spent 2 days in Northern Ireland in March 2015 on invitation of the Environment Minister, Mark H. Durkan. In emission terms, Northern Ireland (NI) is the smallest of the devolved nations, accounting for only 3.6% of UK emissions. However, the province faces particular challenges in […]
28 January 2015 Insights

First CCC meeting north of the border

On a cold January day, I joined our Chairman Lord Deben, other members of the Committee on Climate Change and colleagues from the CCC secretariat on the train at Kings Cross to head to Edinburgh for our January Committee meeting. This was the Committee’s first meeting to be held outside of London, and the first to be open to the public.
25 March 2014 News story

Gross greenhouse gas emissions have fallen by almost 10% in Scotland – 25 March 2014

Scotland has continued to make good progress towards meeting ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Committee on Climate Change announced in its latest report.
25 March 2014 Publication

Reducing emissions in Scotland – 2014 progress report

This is the Committee's third report on Scotland’s progress towards meeting emission reduction targets, as requested by Scottish Ministers under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. The report finds that emissions in Scotland fell by 9.9% in 2011.
20 December 2013 Insights

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

Restoration of fen peatland under climate change

This is a report supporting Managing the land in a changing climate – Adaptation Sub-Committee progress report (July 2013). The supporting research assesses the implications of fen peatland restoration and conservation
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.
10 July 2013 News story

Farming practices must change to maintain UK food production in more extreme climate say Government advisers on climate change – 10 July 2013

Climate change presents a risk to the supply of important goods and services from the land, says a new report published today by the Government’s advisers on climate change adaptation.