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27 July 2020 Publication

Letter: Open letter – Adaptation Reporting Power

This is an open letter from Baroness Brown, Chair of the Adaptation Committee of the Committee on Climate Change to all reporting organisations covered by the Adaptation Reporting Power (ARP).
23 July 2020 Publication

Letter: Support in maintaining climate change as a powerful unifying theme for UKRI

This is a letter from Chris Stark, Chief Executive Officer of the Committee on Climate Change to Dame Ottoline Leyser DBE FRS Chief Executive Officer of the UK Research and Innovation offering our support in maintaining climate change as a powerful unifying theme for UK research and innovation.
16 July 2020 Publication

Letter: Adaptation in the UK’s Nationally Determined Contribution

This is a letter from Baroness Brown of Cambridge Chair, of the Adaptation Committee to Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP about adaptation in the UK’s Nationally Determined Contribution as the preparations for COP26 continue.
25 June 2020 News story

COVID-19 can be an historic turning point in tackling the global climate crisis

Ministers must seize the opportunity to turn the COVID-19 crisis into a defining moment in the fight against climate change, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says today. In its annual report to Parliament, the Committee provides comprehensive new advice to the Government on delivering an economic recovery that accelerates the transition to a cleaner, net-zero emissions economy and strengthens the country’s resilience to the impacts of climate change.
4 May 2020 Insights

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

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.
21 April 2020 Insights

How much more climate change is inevitable for the UK?

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?”
5 March 2020 Insights

The path to Net Zero – CCC’s homework in the Year of Climate Action

2020. It’s the year of climate action. The decade of delivery . Fridays are for the future. These slogans are apt at a crucial time in the fight against climate change. The groups issuing them– government, business, and citizens – must all work in partnership to achieve success. Here at the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) we will continue to play our role, making evidence-based recommendations to inform the UK’s climate response. The big one for us this year will come on 9 September, when we publish our advice to Government on the recommended level of the sixth carbon budget.
10 September 2019 News story

CCC welcomes international backing for UK to host the COP26 climate summit

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has responded to news that the UK has received international backing to host the COP26 climate summit in 2020.
19 August 2019 Insights

No surprises? Our latest adaptation progress report

The Adaptation Committee published its report on progress in preparing for climate change in July. In a previous blog I gave some high level reflections on the Government’s latest National Adaptation Programme. It’s fair to say that our assessment has some blunt messages about lack of progress and low ambition in England.
10 July 2019 Publication

Briefing note on time lags in the climate system (Met Office)

The Met Office has produced a technical briefing note summarising the latest scientific understanding on time lags in the climate system, and what this implies for how much climate change the world is committed to in the short-term for different emissions trajectories.