In an interesting report, the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds has looked at how local government in Britain is making progress in adaptation to climate change. Comparing new data with similar evidence from 2003, the study shows that local authority staff now have good access to technical climate risk information. However, this knowledge and capacity to adapt is not translating into adaptation action, because of, it would seem, institutional barriers such as budget cuts and a lack of political support. The report includes fascinating insights, thanks to survey and interview data, into the processes that drive adaptation at a local level.
- Sustainability Research Institute: The right stuff? Informing adaptation to
climate change in British local government (pdf, 580 KB)