The Committee on Climate Change published their 5 year report on Jan 18th however there has been minimal Defra and media coverage for this important document, why? The committee sets out the risks to the UK (natural assets, public health, food, economic and so on) from climate change and then hand over to the government and others to manage these risks. It is generally agreed that mitigation is more cost effective than adaptation and is key to managing the risks the UK faces from climate change. What can we do locally to raise awareness of this report and drive action from national and local government to manage risks, this is a question that will be put to the NELNP board on Thursday 26th Jan 2107.
The Climate Change Act requires the UK Government to compile every five years its assessment of the risks and opportunities arising for the UK from climate change, known as the Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA). The ASC’s Evidence Report published today will inform the Government’s second Climate Change Risk Assessment due to be presented to Parliament in January 2017. The first CCRA was presented to Parliament by Government in 2012.