UK Publishes Landmark Climate Change Risk Assessment

The Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA), released on January 25, 2012 , is a 1,000 page document examining over 700 potential impacts of climate change in a UK context. Detailed analysis was undertaken for over 100 of these impacts across 11 key sectors. The report identifies the huge economic risks that will result from climate impacts, including spiraling insurance costs and increasing difficulty in obtaining mortgages as flood risk increases. The report cites tourism as one of the UK sectors likely to benefit, but warns that “the threats outweigh the opportunities”. The Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) and supporting documents are available at the website of the U.K. Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/climate/government/risk-assessment/

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