Holes in Scottish climate change data
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Scotland needs to do more to ensure that measures to adapt to climate change are effective and that the risks are being adequately managed.
In its first assessment of progress to prepare Scotland for global warming, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said there was a lack of evidence to assess whether the country’s vulnerability to the effects was increasing, remaining constant or decreasing.
Lord Krebs, chair of the CCC’s adaptation sub-committee, said: ‘A lot of action is under way to prepare for the impacts of climate change but it’s not clear what’s being achieved and whether risks are being adequately managed.’
The committee said it had beeen able to assess progress in only three areas. It concluded that, although ambitious plans were in place to protect Scotland’s natural environment from the impacts of climate change, more needed doing to ensure the Scottish government’s ambitions were realised. It highlighted continuing problems with deep peat soils, with one-third showing signs of erosion and an estimated 16% completely bare of any peat-forming vegetation.
The CCC acknowledged recent action to improve flood protection and that steps had been taken to improve the resilience of Scotland’s infrastructure in severe weather. However, existing datasets were insufficient to judge whether enough progress was being made to counter the impacts of climate change, it concluded.
The other measure the committee evaluated was the risks from extreme weather to people, and to the health and social care system. It said these had not been adequately studied. It also advised policymakers to better understand the support business might need to take advantages of the opportunities arising from climate change.
The UK government has been “too city-focused” in its climate action and must provide more funding and support to reduce emissions in rural areas, the County Councils Network (CCN) has said.
In 2021, the World Economic Forum identified extreme weather, climate action failure and human-led environmental damage as being among the most likely risks of the next 10 years.
None of England’s water and sewerage companies achieved all environmental expectations for the period 2015 to 2020, the Environment Agency has revealed. These targets included the reduction of total pollution incidents by at least one-third compared with 2012, and for incident self-reporting to be at least 75%.
Billions of people worldwide have been unable to access safe drinking water and sanitation in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a progress report from the World Health Organisation focusing on the UN’s sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) – to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030”.
The UK's largest defined benefit (DB) pension schemes have received a letter from the Make My Money Matter campaign urging them to set net-zero emission targets ahead of the COP26 climate summit later this year.