First report on UK climate impact

Posted on January 26, 2012


Climate change this century poses both risks and opportunities, according to the first comprehensive government assessment of its type.

The report warns that flooding, heatwaves and water shortages could become more likely.

But benefits could include new shipping lanes through the Arctic, fewer cold-related deaths in winter and higher crop yields.

The findings come in the Climate Change Risk Assessment.

This 2,000-page document has been produced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

It forms part of the government’s strategy for coping with global warming.

The research was carried out over the past three years and involved studying the possible impacts in 11 key areas including agriculture, flooding and transport.

The assessments rely on multiple scenarios based on computer modelling of the future climate.

The authors admit that there are large uncertainties leading to a wide range of possible results.


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