Lecture 10

Adaptation to Climate Change

This event took place on 8th September 2008. The speakers were:

Dr Johanna Wolf

Senior Research Associate, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

Charlotte Gault

Head of Regional Conservation Policy, East Midlands Wildlife Trusts

Chair: Dr Tom Moat

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Area Manager, Natural England


The lecture was organised by Health in Your Environment with the support of Climate Action Network Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City Council and Greater Nottingham Health and Environment Partnership.


It is becoming clear from recent scientific assessments that we are unlikely to be able to restrain global warming to less than 2C as had been hoped. Current expectations are for an average temperature rise of around 2.8C, assuming that there is concerted global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation).

Clearly there needs to be work and significant investment on adaptation measures to enable us to live in the world of the expected future climatic conditions.

Dr Johanna Wolf, a senior research associate the Tyndall Centre, presented a view of the extent and form of the adaptations that may be required at the global/national level. She also provided examples of barriers to adaptation based on a case study of Norwich and London elderly people and their perception of the risks of heat waves.

Charlotte Gault of the East Midlands Wildlife Trust presented the regional perspective through her work on ‘Living Landscapes’ to create a more resilient countryside in which conservation is inextricably linked with social, economic and local community issues and interests.



You can listen to the speakers being interviewed by our reporter Catherine Adams.

Here are the speakers' presentations.

Here are questions from the audience.






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