The ultimate aim of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is to prevent “dangerous” human interference with the climate system.
The potential impact from climate change and biodiversity loss includes large-scale food insecurity, water insecurity, health insecurity, infrastructure insecurity and energy insecurity.
Tested & Evaluated technologies already carry significant levels of formally accepted risk.
The urgency and potential impact of climate change and biodiversity loss has been acknowledged.
We need to adapt our existing methods of assessing, mitigating and managing technological risks.
What if our climate change data is not collected, stored, processed and exchanged securely?
There is a risk of uninformed and inappropriate decisions being made by those in authority.
The UK Government is required under the 2008 Climate Change Act to publish a UK-wide Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) every five years.
The Act stipulates that the Government must assess ‘the risks for the United Kingdom from the current and predicted impacts of climate change’.
The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has a legal duty to advise the Government on the CCRA.
On 16th June 2021, a new animation was produced by the Climate Change Committee to explain the Adaptation Committee’s Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk.
The assessment sets out the priority climate change risks and opportunities for the UK
The CCC identified eight priority risk areas which need immediate attention, at the latest in the next two years
8 PRIORITY RISKS
16 June 2021
Risks to the viability and diversity of terrestrial habitats and species from multiple hazards
Risks to soil health from increased flooding and drought
Risks to natural carbon stores and sequestration from multiple hazards, leading to increased emissions
Risks to crops, livestock and commercial trees from multiple climate hazards
Risks to supply of food, goods and vital services due to climate-related collapse of supply chains and distribution networks
Risks to people and the economy from climate-related failure of the power system
Risks to human health, wellbeing and productivity from increased exposure to heat in homes and other buildings
Multiple risks to the UK from climate change impacts overseas
According to the Bank of England, climate change poses different risks to the stability of the financial system.
Physical risks such as flooding, droughts, heatwaves and storms directly impact our society, increasing insurance claims and affecting our economy.
If we are to effectively mitigate high-impact risks we must stop the pattern of misusing technological solutions, utilising corrupt or inappropriate data sets and mismanaging our high-impact projects and programmes.