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Need a quick overview of our new report assessing progress in preparing for the impacts of climate change in #England? Look no further! Read the full report…, take a look at our new infographic… or check out the following #thread
[1/10] Ministers must strengthen policy on adaptation & put resources in place to drive action to prepare for climate impacts in #England. Our report finds that support services/funding have been eroded over past 10yrs & latest National Adaptation Programme is not strong enough.
[2/10] There are many examples of dedicated officials+organisations doing great work to try to build resilience to #climate impacts. But a better, strategic national framework to underpin and drive action on the ground is needed. Piecemeal action does not match the scale of risk.
[3/10] Even if the world moves towards #netzero emissions, temperatures are likely to keep increasing in the short-term and sea levels will rise for centuries due to the climate time lag. #Adaptation is needed now to reduce exposure & vulnerability to current and future impacts.
[4/10] The evidence suggests #England is not currently prepared for even a 2°C increase in global temperature, let alone the 4°C rise that is possible if current global emissions trends continue. We are already at 1°C globally. See p22 for further details:…
[5/10] The Committee scored 33 adaptation priorities from 1 (low) to 9 (high) on progress made to date. In #England, roads, rail, public water supply and new infrastructure design are doing well, with planning for a range of future scenarios and some evidence of reducing risks ✅
[6/10] Much still to be done, however, to integrate #climatechange into policies related to agriculture, fisheries, surface water flood risk management, health impacts from heat and pathogens, ICT, business risks and opportunities, and infrastructure inter-dependencies.
[7/10] There are pockets of ambition/excellence that should be mirrored by others –@EnvAgency flood/coastal #erosion risk mgmt strategy, water resources planning, financial disclosure, planning for rail & major roads. And many ambitious local projects –but national action needed.
[8/10] Vulnerability and exposure are increasing in a number of areas: Extent of impermeable urban surfacing ↑↑ by 22% (leads to flooding), green space ↓↓ from 63% to 55% of urban area since 2001. Green space has multiple co-benefits for health and biodiversity. 🌳🌳🌳
[9/10] We make 12 recommendations for urgent work required over the next 2 years; including the need for effective plans and metrics, assessing overseas #climate risks to the #UK, and further action on #overheating, #agriculture, #water, #flooding, #infrastructure and #business.
[10/10] We will update our scores in 2021, hopefully moving everything up our grid into the green ✅ Send us your thoughts, examples of best practice & evidence of how actions are reducing #climate risk, and we'll consider them as part of our ongoing assessment #UKClimateAction
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