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UK plans to adapt to climate crisis ‘fall far short’ of what is required

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🗞️ Driving the news: The UK's Climate Change Committee (CCC) has criticized the government's latest national adaptation program (Nap3), finding it significantly lacking in plans for making the UK resilient to extreme weather due to climate change
• The CCC's report highlights that current measures are not sufficient to protect people, buildings, and vital infrastructure from the increasing severity of weather events

🔭 The context: Nap3 was intended to outline how the UK could adapt to the impacts of climate change, such as storms, floods, heatwaves, and droughts 
• Despite being an improvement over previous plans, the CCC deems it inadequate, calling for immediate enhancements and better integration with other government priorities like net zero and nature restoration

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Effective climate adaptation is crucial for minimizing the environmental, social, and economic impacts of climate change 
• The UK's failure to implement a robust adaptation strategy risks exacerbating the damage caused by extreme weather, undermining efforts to mitigate climate change globally

⏭️ What's next: The CCC urges immediate action to strengthen the government's adaptation program, emphasizing the need for enhanced funding, private sector incentives, and integration with other environmental initiatives 
• The call for action underscores the urgency of preparing for climate impacts to ensure the resilience of infrastructure, economy, and communities.

💬 One quote: "The evidence of the damage from climate change has never been clearer, but the UK’s current approach to adaptation is not working," said Julia King, chair of the CCC's adaptation subcommittee

📈 One stat: The CCC found that most of Nap3 relied on existing policies, which failed to address over half of the identified urgent risks from extreme weather

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