This report presents the results and conclusions of an independent analysis of climate change risk in the United Kingdom. The aim of the report is to assess the urgency of further action or research in the next five years to help the UK prioritise their resources. The analysis includes the effects of climate change, adaptation measures that are already underway, such as investment in flood defences, and the effects of economic and demographic trends.
Following the systematic review of the available evidence, included in the Technical Chapters, the Adaptation Sub-Committee identified six key areas of climate change risk that need to be managed as a priority.
The six immediate priority areas are as follows:
- Risks of flooding and coastal change;
- The impact of high temperatures on health and wellbeing;
- Risks to natural capital;
- Risks of future water shortages;
- Impacts on the global food system;
- Risks arising from new and emerging pests and diseases.