“Action has failed to keep pace with the worsening reality of climate risk”
The Climate Change Committee (CCC) is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008. Its job is to advise the government on emissions targets and to report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for and adapting to the impacts of climate change.
On 16 June, it published a report “Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk” prepared by the Adaptation Committee. This sets out the priority climate change risks and opportunities for the UK. More than 60 risks and opportunities have been identified, fundamental to every aspect of life in the UK covering our natural environment, our health, our homes, the infrastructure on which we rely, and the economy. The report offers the following key conclusions ;“Alarmingly, new evidence shows that the gap between the level of risk we face and the level of adaptation underway has widened. Adaptation action has failed to keep pace with the worsening reality of climate risk.
“The UK has the capacity and the resources to respond effectively to these risks, but it has not yet done so. Acting now will be cheaper than waiting to deal with the consequences. Government must lead that action.
“The Committee reports on the full set of 61 risks and opportunities. These must be considered in the next set of National Adaptation Plans, due from 2023.
“The Committee identifies eight risk areas that require the most urgent attention in the next two years. They have been selected on the basis of the urgency of additional action, the gap in UK adaptation planning, the opportunity to integrate adaptation into forthcoming policy commitments and the need to avoid locking in poor planning, especially as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Committee recommends ten principles for good adaptation planning that should form the basis for the next round of national adaptation plans. These are intended to bring adaptation into mainstream consideration by Government and business.”
Visit www.ukclimaterisk.org to find all of the outputs from the UK Climate Risk Independent Assessment.
The Liberal Democrats' spectacular by-election win in a previously safe Tory seat in Buckinghamshire is likely to see the government face increased opposition to its proposed changes to the planning system and potentially water down the more radical measures, commentators expect.
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Comment from Prof. Michael Dower:
"In the recent Queen’s speech, the government stated its intention to bring forward in the autumn legislation to change the current basis of Planning. Its aim is to speed up the process of giving planning permission for new development, particularly housing. The central idea is that the zoning of land for development by local planning authorities would be replaced by a simplistic top-down zoning directly by the government. This would focus on three types of zone – those for growth, with automatic permission for development; those for protection; and those for regeneration, where special government resources would be available to assist development.
This proposal has attracted widespread opposition from professional planning organisations, from local authorities whose powers would be reduced, and from the public. This opposition is seen as a major factor in the 25% swing in voting in the Chesham and Amersham by-election, through which the seat fell to a liberal Democrat with the appropriate name of Sarah Green. There is growing revolt among Conservative MPs in southern England, and the government may well be forced to think again. If the legislation did go through, it would ‘change the game’ for planning in Dorset. "