Local authorities might have better knowledge of climate change, but they struggle to implement adaptation action, suggests new research. Led by a team at the University of Leeds, surveys conducted amongst British local authority staff in 2003 and 2013 show a picture of improving understanding of climate science. However, budget cuts have meant that there is little local government adaptation action, with climate change a low priority, although researchers found that adaptation is more successful when it is branded as weather resilience. The team conclude that a lack of political support and institutional capacity are the main barriers to adaptation.
- Global Environmental Change: The right stuff? informing adaptation to climate change in British Local Government (open access)