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15 November 2018 News story

Reforms must prepare the UK countryside for climate change and ensure that our use of land supports reduced emissions

The Paris Agreement demands tougher action to remove greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere. We must, at the same time, prepare for the inevitable climate change that is already happening. In this context, current uses of land in the UK must change, the CCC says in two new reports.
15 November 2018 Publication

Land use: Reducing emissions and preparing for climate change

This report by the Committee on Climate Change assesses the role of land use change in meeting climate change mitigation and adaptation objectives.
13 November 2018 Publication

Adaptation actions in the natural environment and cities: what works?

The Committee's Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) commissioned AECOM to produce two reports assessing adaption actions in the UK's cities and natural environment.
24 July 2018 Publication

Letter to Michael Gove – Environmental Principles and Governance after EU Exit consultation

This letter from Lord Deben and Baroness Brown of Cambridge forms the response of the Committee on Climate Change and the Adaptation Sub-Committee to the consultation on Environment Principles and Governance after EU Exit.
19 July 2018 News story

CCC welcomes publication of Government’s second National Adaptation Programme

The Government has today published the second National Adaptation Programme (NAP) for England, setting out how it intends to manage the increasing risks from flooding, drought, heat, sea level rise and severe weather. The Committee has responded.
19 July 2018 Blog

The new National Adaptation Programme: Hit or miss?

Every five years the UK government sets out how it intends to manage the increasing risks from flooding, drought, heat, sea level rise and severe weather in a ‘National Adaptation Programme.’ Kathryn Brown, Head of Adaptation at the Committee on Climate Change, takes a first look at the government’s latest plan and considers whether it’s fit for purpose.
5 July 2018 Blog

The heat is on: the importance of resilient water supplies

Whilst the recent warm weather has been a welcome treat for some of us, extended hot and dry periods put extra pressure on UK water supplies. Climate change is only adding to the problem. David Style says steps must be taken now, by regulators, water companies and individuals, to ensure the taps don’t run dry in the years ahead.
6 June 2018 Publication

ASC writes to Scottish Government about outcomes-based approach for the SCCAP

A letter from Kathryn Brown, Head of Adaptation for the Adaptation Sub-Committee, to Clare Harrison, Deputy Director, Head of Decarbonisation at the Scottish Government. The letter provides advice on using an outcomes-based approach for the Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme.
6 June 2018 Publication

CCC writes to Michael Gove about proposed Environment Principles and Governance Bill

A letter from Lord Deben and Baroness Brown of Cambridge to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs, in response to the consultation document on the proposed Environment Principles and Governance Bill.
12 January 2018 Blog

25-Year Environment Plan – a climate change perspective

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.