If more businesses publicly reported on the steps they are taking to adapt to the effects of climate change, the UK as a whole could become more resilient to the impact of global warming.

As tactics go, talking our way to keeping global heating within 1.5oC of pre-industrial levels isn’t one we should be betting our (overheating, increasingly flood-prone) houses on. Yet that’s what we’re effectively doing in the run-up to COP26, Climate Change Committee (CCC) chief executive Chris Stark told an audience convened by CIWEM earlier this year to discuss how well adaptation reporting is working.

With improved nationally determined contribution and net zero targets yet to be backed up by similarly ambitious policies, and foot-dragging in other parts of the world, we’re in real danger of masking the reality that we’re actually on track for 4oC hotter, not 1.5oC.

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