Organisations and groups across Wales are already helping communities to take action and be resilient to the impacts of a changing climate in a range of areas.
change is one of the biggest challenges facing the
world. It is not simply an environmental problem: it has
implications for the wellbeing of people here in Wales, and across
the world. The world saw more than 120 climate related disasters
during 2015, according to the World
Bank, causing huge environmental and economic damage and taking
a terrible toll on communities.
These impacts have also been felt closer to home, for example in
increased flooding, which is estimated to have caused over
£71 million of damage, impacting on communities,
the economy, and transport infrastructure. The third sector
has huge potential to tackle both the causes and consequences of
climate change. It is uniquely placed to reach and support people,
especially the most disadvantaged and vulnerable.
UK Climate Change Risk Assessment Report
independent evidence report to Government has been
published by the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the UK Committee
on Climate Change. It sets out the most urgent risks and
opportunities arising for the UK from climate change to help inform
the next UK Climate Change Risk Assessment due in January 2017.
Identified risks include flooding and coastal change risks to
communities, businesses and infrastructure, risks to domestic and
international food production and trade and risks of new and
emerging pests and diseases.
The Evidence Report, consisting of eight individual
chapters, has been written by expert lead authors supported by
co-authors with particular specialties. A summary of key findings
and priorities for the next 5 years is also available.
State of the UK Climate 2016
The Met Office 3rd annual State of the UK Climate report shows
2016 was the 13th warmest year (records dating back to 1910). This
provides a summary of the UK weather and climate through the
calendar year 2016 and is the third annual 'State of the UK climate'
produced by the Met Office. It provides an accessible,
authoritative and up-to-date assessment of UK climate trends,
variations and extremes based on the latest available climate
quality observational datasets.
State of the Climate 2015 Report
This year's SoC has an emphasis on ecosystems; several
chapters have dedicated a sidebar to the complex relationship
between a changing climate and its impact on living systems. This
notion of connectedness-between climate, landscape, and life;
between our daily work and the expression of its meaning; between
planetary-scale drivers and humble living things; between the
abstraction and rigor of data and the reality and complexity of
their importance; and especially between one generation and the
next-inspires and informs much of the work within this volume.
Love Food Hate
Love Food Hate Waste campaign highlights the
negative impact on the environment caused by over-producing and
wasting food - especially if it then ends up in landfill. In
the UK, we throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our
homes every year, the majority of which could have been
If we stopped throwing this good food away it would save the
equivalent of at least 17 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, the
same positive benefit as taking 1 in every 4 cars off our
roads. It would also save the average household £60 a month
and could be used to help address food poverty. The
Love Food Hate Waste campaign website has tips
for individuals wanting to avoid food waste and also provides
free training sessions with tips around buying, storing and using
Cymru works to fight food poverty by tackling
food waste. It takes surplus edible food from the food and drink
industry that would otherwise be thrown away and redistributes it
to organisations in Wales that feed people in need. This turns an
environmental problem into a social solution. There are an
estimated 200,000 people in food
poverty in Wales. If you are a charity or community group
that is helping provide food to people in need, you can apply to be
Community member and receive supplies of surplus