Scotland has much still to do to get ready for climate change, writes Ilona Amos. The impacts of climate change are already becoming increasingly apparent here in Scotland, as in many other parts of the world. We are seeing temperatures hotting up year on year, the seasons becoming wetter and sea levels rising. Wet and stormy conditions last winter saw many regions deluged by flooding as seemingly incessant rain fell on already waterlogged ground. Thousands of people were forced to flee their homes as rivers burst their banks and engulfed whole villages. In an effort to tackle the problems that come along with a warming climate Scottish ministers set out a raft of objectives, policies and proposals in the Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme, published in 2014. They also invited a group of independent experts from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to evaluate the country’s performance. The first annual report, by the CCC’s Adaptation Sub-Committee, has been released today.
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