Comment on CCC adaptation investment report

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By George Smeeton

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Commenting on a report by the Climate Change Committee on the investment required to meet the UK’s adaptation needs [1], Gareth Redmond-King, Head of International Programme at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said:

“Critical public services struggled last year when the UK suffered in 40°C heat. Failing to make our country resilient and future proofed to climate change, as best we can, risks our economic wellbeing, health and an escalating bill from the ensuing damage.

“But these challenges exist overseas too, and it’s worth remembering that we import around a fifth of our rice from Pakistan which saw devastating flooding last year, threatening its agriculture. If we want to limit the risks, we have to look beyond our borders. As the Treasury and others have pointed out, the costs of climate change far exceed the investments to cut emissions to net zero in the first place.”

Notes to editors:

  1. The CCC report 'Investment for a well-adapted UK'

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