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7 December 2015 News story
Sandbags Outside Front Door Of Flooded House

UK floods: Climate change likely to increase frequency and magnitude of severe flooding events

The devastating UK floods are a timely reminder that climate change is expected to increase the frequency and magnitude of severe flooding across the UK. Rainfall records have been broken again, with more than a foot of rain falling in 24 hours in some areas, says CCC Chairman Lord Deben.
4 November 2015 Insights
Large Waves Breaking Against Sea Wall At Dawlish In Devon

Why it’s sensible to stress test climate change adaptation plans

The CCC's David Style explains why there is every merit in looking seriously at extreme high and low climate change projections to assess whether we are doing enough to adapt to climate change. The blog draws on key findings of a new research project on so-called H++ scenarios commissioned by the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) as part of its work to inform the Government’s next climate change risk assessment in 2017.
29 October 2015 Insights

Preparing for UK water extremes: flooding and drought

What are the potential impacts of climate change on flooding and water availability in the UK? In this blog, the CCC's David Style sets out the key findings of two new research projects commissioned by the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) as part of its work to inform the Government’s next climate change risk assessment in 2017.
27 October 2015 Publication
H++ scenarios report cover

Developing H++ climate change scenarios (Met Office)

This report describes the results of a project to investigate the development of plausible high-end climate change scenarios. It covers the following climate hazards: heat waves, cold snaps, low and high rainfall, droughts, floods and windstorms. An independent report, it has been produced for the Adaptation Sub-Committee to help inform the UK 2017 climate change risk assessment.
26 October 2015 Insights
Resident survey damage on June 30, 2007 in Toll Bar near Doncaster, England.

Second UK Climate Change Risk Assessment gathers pace

A lot of attention is paid to the global impacts of climate change; melting Arctic ice, coastal flooding and coral bleaching to name a few. But what are the risks to the UK from rising global temperatures? The CCC's Head of Adaptation, Daniel Johns, looks ahead to the second Climate Change Risk Assessment.
19 October 2015 Publication

Projections of future flood risk in the UK (Sayers)

This assessment looks at future flood risk in the UK. It considers three climate change scenarios and three population growth projections: low, high and no growth. The analysis presented covers the whole of the UK and the risks associated with coastal, fluvial, surface water and groundwater flooding.
13 October 2015 Publication

The global impacts of climate change under 1.5ºC, 2ºC, 3ºC and 4ºC pathways (AVOID2)

This research by the AVOID2 consortium describes an assessment of the global-scale impacts of climate change under three different potential temperature pathways through the 21st Century. These pathways reach peaks of 2ºC, 3ºC and 4ºC above pre-industrial values by 2100.
7 October 2015 Publication

CCC response to call for evidence from House of Lords built environment select committee

This is a written statement from the Committee on Climate Change in response to a call for evidence from the built environment select committee of the House of Lords.
30 June 2015 Publication

Reducing emissions and preparing for climate change: 2015 Progress Report to Parliament

The Committee's 2015 Progress Report to Parliament. It covers both progress towards meeting carbon budgets and progress on adaptation to climate change and includes the Adaptation Sub-Committee's first ever statutory assessment of the National Adaptation Programme.
29 June 2015 Publication

HR Wallingford (2015) for the ASC: Update analysis of the number of properties located in areas at risk of flooding and coastal erosion in England

Supporting information Coastal erosion Surface water flooding New development in flood risk areas: updated figures (February 2016)