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Floods, storms and heatwaves in recent years have tested the UK’s emergency and local government services, businesses and resilience. These extreme events illustrate the challenges we will face in adapting to climate change. The term ‘adaptation’ in this context refers to adapting to the effects of the climate change that is already likely to happen as a result of past carbon emissions.

While urgent efforts to reduce emissions continue, projections show that a certain amount of climate change in the UK is now inevitable, leading to warmer, wetter winters; hotter, drier summers; and more extreme weather events such as storms and floods.

DEFRA leads on Government adaptation policy: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/climate/adapting On 31st March 2010 sixteen Government Departments published Departmental Adaptation Plans

Changing Work in a Changing Climate - Adaptation to climate change in the UK , new research on implications for employment. This report features a number of recommendations for Government, employers and unions including:

  • The Government should produce new guidance on adapting workplaces to deal with the impacts of climate change. Employers should be encouraged to adapt their buildings so that their staff are secure and can work comfortably.
  • A new maximum temperature should be introduced, above which, employees would not be expected to work.
  • Employers should work with their employees and unions to develop adaptation policies that work and that are sustainable for the long term.
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Commenting on the report published today (Tuesday) by the Green Investment Bank Commission, led by Bob Wigley, which sets out a number of proposals for how such a bank could operate, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
29 June 2010
Commenting on the Government's consultation on its low carbon skills strategy, announced today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
31 March 2010
This TUC report says that the impacts of climate change will be felt across all sectors of the UK economy, bringing risks and potential opportunities. The way in which adaptation measures are designed, planned and implemented will impact on workers and the resilience of the UK economy to climate change.
01 November 2009
Damage done to the environment by past and present carbon emissions is forcing companies to think about adapting their products and services to a changing climate, but few have considered what such a dramatic change in the UK's weather will mean for their staff and the jobs that they do,...
27 April 2009