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.


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Find out about the science of climate change and the views of scientists.

Adaptation to changing climate

This e-book explores three major contemporary issues that will affect all of our lives in the 21st century – climate change, the limits to growth, easy oil – and the possible impacts they will have on our communities and futures. In particular it highlights the vital transition from a fossil fuel to a low-carbon future that is already beginning to occur.

This ebook is a timely and practical response to the greatest challenge of our times – climate change.

Now recognized as one of the most influential books of the twentieth century, Silent Spring exposed the destruction of wildlife through the widespread use of pesticides.

'Our future is like that of the passengers on a small pleasure boat sailing quietly above the Niagara Falls, not knowing that the engines are about to fail...'

The former Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, Sir David King, has said of the new book by Professor David Mackay ‘Sustainable Energy – without the hot air’ that it ‘sets out with enormous clarity and objectivity the various alternative low carbon pathways that are open to us’. 

Houghton's market-leading textbook, now in full colour and with the latest IPCC findings, is the definitive guide to climate change. Written for students across a wide range of disciplines, its simple, logical flow of ideas gives an invaluable grounding in the science, impacts and need for action on global warming.

The Weather Makers tells the dramatic story of the earth's climate, of how it has changed, how we have come to understand it, and of what that means for the future. Tim Flannery's gripping narrative takes the reader on an extraordinary journey into the past and around the globe, bringing us closer to the science than ever before.

The world has known about global warming since the late 1970s, yet little has been done to halt it. The threat, if we fail, is nothing less than catastrophe - the flooding of coastal communities, the extinction of species and entry into a climate regime of which humans have no experience.