Government boosts UK resilience against climate change
New research to step up the UK’s resilience to the impacts of climate change is made possible by the launch of a new £5 million research programme. The research will inform the UK’s strategy to prepare for and protect against the impacts of climate change, such as heatwaves, flooding and extreme storms.
Providing high-quality scientific research and analysis, the research programme, ‘Climate Services for a Net Zero Resilient World’, will help inform future climate policy and will be led by a consortium of some of the leading authorities in environmental science such as University College London and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.
This will ensure the UK is able to respond to the impacts a warming planet will have on national infrastructure. This includes heat waves causing record temperatures in buildings, extreme weather damage to power stations and electricity networks, and flooding impacting our communities. The programme will also engage with local authorities on local climate action plans, by equipping them with information on how to help households cope with extreme temperatures and helping them to identify low-cost, low-carbon measures.