Climate change is happening at the moment. The evidence for this, and the consequences are discussed in the previous climate change pages. Even if we cut carbon emissions to zero today, we still need to get ready for the changes to weather patterns that we are tied-in-to. It will take 30 years or so for the system to find an equilibrium. And it is a different, hotter, more extreme world that we face.

Adaptation is the term we us for getting ready for these changes. It is something that I have been thinking about for a number of years. From my former role, in the Environment Agency, where I worked on a project looking at catchment based adaptation planning tools; to my lead in the Reading Climate Change Partnership, where I have pushed for adaptation to be taken as seriously as the zero carbon agenda.

There is a lot more to write on this. Something that I will focus on when I get the rest of the website plugged together in its new home.

Recent Adaptation Posts

CDP cities logo Reading added to Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) ‘A’ List
23 November 2021

I am very happy to see that Reading has been added to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) 'A' List on Climate Action. Out of more than 1000 towns and cities worldwide, Reading is one of just 95 towns (10 in the UK) to receive top score on climate action. It has been great to be a part of that journey with the ReadingCAN (Climate Action Network). Knowing that the town has a strong strategy and adaptation plan is a really important part of that. Fingers-crossed that we can keep up the momentum for the future.

Ariel photograph Changing Climates, Changing Landscapes: Urban event
22 November 2021

I am delighted to be on the panel for this event on Friday 26 November: As our climate changes, how do we protect British landscapes and encourage resilience amongst their local communities ? Join us to discover how communities have coped with environmental change in the past and the lessons we can all learn from this, as we deal with the effects of climate change happening right now. How are these landscapes altering and what adaptations do we need to make to ensure our management of them is sustainable?

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