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 UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA)

The Government published the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) on 25 January 2012, the first assessment of its kind for the UK and the first in a 5 year cycle.

Information on this page includes:

The CCRA UK Government Report

The CCRA has reviewed the evidence for over 700 potential impacts of climate change in a UK context. Detailed analysis was undertaken for over 100 of these impacts across 11 key sectors, on the basis of their likelihood, the scale of their potential consequences and the urgency with which action may be needed to address them.

Producing the CCRA has involved a high degree of consultation and review. The outputs provide an evidence base that can be used by central Government and Devolved Administrations in identifying priorities for action and appropriate adaptation measures that will be required to minimise risks to our economy, environment and society.

Although the primary customer for this work is central Government and the Devolved Administrations, the outputs from the CCRA are also of value to other public and private sector organisations.

This independent analysis was funded by UK Government and Devolved Governments and has been delivered through a consortium of organisations led by HR Wallingford. The outputs have been extensively peer reviewed by scientific and economics experts, an independent international peer review panel, and have also been scrutinised by the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change.

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  1. Here, here. Seconded! I think I would add: the cost of inaction – not just the finnacial cost but the social and political costs as well — need to be hammered, time and time again. The common wisdom is that Pres. Obama won’t touch climate policy now because the political costs (associated with the actual costs) are too high, it’s too risky with an election coming up. But the other side of the coin — the actual costs of a systemic failure to adequately assess the risks and respond to them accordingly — is rarely articulated well and often poorly communicated. It’s the responsibility of those who see the real dangers associated with inaction to bring the realities to life — make them understandable and real — for people and the politicians they put in office. Unfortunately, fear mongers like Glenn Beck and the extreme right have incited mass fear over fake threats, leaving little room in the American psyche for earnest fear over the real ones. Yet, climate disruption is a real threat, and being afraid of it — enough to take action to prevent it and deal with it head on — is a sane response. This post offers wise advice; those engaged in the newly revived climate assessment effort would be well-served to heed it, and take the necessary steps to be well-armed with strong messaging and even stronger messengers.

    March 4, 2012

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