New assessment of UK climate change risks published

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has published ”The UK Climate Change Risk Assessment,” a new report into the future threats that climate change could engender.

UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017 recognises how the trend towards warmer winters, hotter summers and changing rainfall patterns is affecting communities across the UK and sets out six priority areas needing urgent further action over the next five years.

The report states that two areas are immediate high risks that need more action. These are:

  • Flooding and coastal change risks to communities, businesses and infrastructure;
  • Risks to health, well being and productivity from high temperatures.

Four more areas are identified as high future risks which need action. These are:

  • Risk of water supply shortages
  • Risks to natural capital
  • Risks to food production and supply
  • New and emerging pests and diseases.

Read the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017 report (PDF)


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