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With a changing climate, are we meeting the challenges? Middlesborough

  • Lecture
  • Middlesbrough
  • 14 November 2018
  • 18:00 - 20:00
With a changing climate, are we meeting the challenges? Middlesborough

About this event

The Climate Change Bill followed and gained Royal Assent in December 2008 with the aim to create a new approach to managing and responding to climate change in the UK. Since then a concerted programme of proposed actions led by the Department of Energy & Climate Change and Defra, has been put forward across UK Government. This programme of actions, launched in July 2008 gave a particular emphasis to climate change adaptation in line with the UK Climate Change Act (2008).
It included the need for regular risk assessments, infrastructure adaptation programmes and auditing of outcomes in addition to monitoring mitigation initiatives.
Since then the world climate has continued to change, so much that severe weather events have produced record breaking occurrences since then with devastating results on populations in the UK and world-wide.
The presentation will endeavour to consider future climate change, priorities for professionals, whether society through government are meeting the challenges identified in 2008, and whether decision makers are responding adequately to the assessed requirements to safeguard lives and property.


John Parry

Johnis a Consultant to the Waterman Group following his time as Regional Director of Waterman in the East Midlands UK. John is a former Council Member of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation 2004-10 and was Chairman of the Sustainable Transport Panel. He was Managing Editor of the IHT Guide, ‘Climate Change and Sustainable Transport -the challenge for transport professionals, (Oct 2008) and co-author Adaption for Climate Change Risks - a framework for action or Drivers for Action, (2010).In 2012 John was invited to represent ICE to deliver the Buchanan Lecture and participate in the Anglo /Japanese ICE/Japanese Society of Civil Engineers Conferences in Tokyo (Oct) and London UCL. (Nov)  on ‘Dealing with Major Natural Disasters’ .  For the London event he hosted the conference and welcomed the delegates on behalf of ICE. Recent publications include , ‘The UK Response to the Challenge of Climate Change’, ( June 2015)  IMunE Journal and his Briefing Paper , ‘Should engineers be allowing for a potential rise of 40 C by 2040 and how?’ ( May 2017) ICE Forensic Journal .

Event venue

School of Science Engineering and Design
Stephenson Building, Main Lecture Theatre
Teesside University
Middlesbrough TS1 3BA
United Kingdom

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Jade Robson

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