Adaptation to changing climate
Thanks to global data-collection and advances in analysis, scientists now have a much clearer understanding of how our climate is changing and the possible implications for weather.
The new International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, published 31 March 2014, is clear. The effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans. The world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for risks from a changing climate. The poorest and most vulnerable people in the world are hardest hit.
A paper for HCC’s Cabinet meeting on 24 February reflects on recent and ongoing flooding and high wind events, following, as they do, several winters of snow and ice.
The task now is to look at how greater levels of resilience and different levels and types of support could be given to different communities.
Large parts of southern England had their wettest January since 1910, the Met Office announced on Thursday 6 February 2014.
Hot evenings pose risks to people with underlying health problems. These temperatures extremes will be more likely with a changing climate. Local democracy think tank, the LGiU, is encouraging councillors to help communities and their councils to better prepare and adapt to these changes. Whether it is high temperatures or flooding, adapting to climate change is a local issue.