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Title: Climate change adaptation (


1
Climate change adaptation( the challenges we
face in the UK)
  • UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
  • SCOTLAND
  • Thomas Barningham
  • Maria Hillenkamp
  • Judith Payen
  • Sara Pflaum
  • Stephi Walker

2
Definition Predictions
  • adaptation
  • Adjustment in natural or human systems in
    response to actual or expected climatic stimuli
    or their effects, which moderates harm or
    exploits beneficial opportunities -- IPCC
  • Predictions for the UK
  • annual warming of between 0.5C and 3.0C by 2050
  • wetter winters and drier summers
  • increased frequency and intensity of extreme
    weather conditions
  • global sea level rise

3
Implications for infrastructure
  • Agriculture Forestry
  • e.g. Change in crop range - maize
    production moving north
  • Water Resources
  • e.g. Increased pressure on drainage
    systems
  • increased need for water storage
  • Energy Security
  • e.g. Pressure to shift to low-carbon energy
  • generation

4
human attitudes as barriers to change
  • Uncertainty in foresight
  • provisional nature of
  • scientific knowledge
  • gives reason to delay
  • action
  • Social Behavioural
  • human tendency to act
  • reactively, rather than
  • proactively
  • NIMBY
  • Not In My Backyard
  • people in the UK have
  • generally understood
  • accepted terms of
  • climate change
  • adaptation, but are
  • unwilling if it ruins their
  • view

5
Historical Responsibility
  • Greater Capabilities
  • Greater financial resources and
  • technological ability than developing
  • countries
  • obligation to invest in developing
  • nations to do the same
  • Historical Obligation
  • UKs wealth - created by early
  • industrialization - emitted large amount of
    greenhouse gases used up vast amount of Earths
    common resources
  • moral responsibility to combat
  • climate change
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