The UK’s chief government scientist Sir John Beddington announced that world leaders need to urgently tackle climate change, especially because of increasing trends towards more extreme weather events such as floods, droughts and storms over the next 25 years. The more extreme and erratic forms of weather that the UK has experienced in recent years may become more common due to a changing climate.
Prof Sarah Curtis who is the Executive Director of the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience was interviewed by both television and radio media recently about what can be expected for the future. Prof Curtis mentioned the importance of planning with local authorities and national planning being taken by government to adapt to a changing climate, and that focused preparation and planning are needed to cope with variable climate and extreme weather events.
Recently, the research project Built Infrastructure for Older People’s Care in Conditions of Climate Change (BIOPICCC) launched its online ‘toolkit’ for supporting local authorities and councils in their resilience planning efforts for older people’s health and social care facilities. Older people 65+ are one of the most vulnerable populations to the effects of climate change, especially extreme weather events. Prior to the toolkit, the project developed a series of hazard maps revealing where some extreme weather events such as flooding are likely to occur and the locations of the largest older populations.
Researchers in the BIOPICCC project are collaborating with partners in national and local agencies and communities to provide research findings that can support action in localities around the country to respond to the National Adaptation Plan for Climate Change.
The BIOPICCC toolkit is aimed at local authorities, neighbourhood and community groups along with similar organisations in developing their own local level resilience planning and is freely available online.