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Government climate change report published

A £400,000 Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs research project into the cost of adapting tourism, planning, land use and the built environment for future climate change will help the government plan for the future, said climate change and environment minister Ian Pearson.
The two-year research project looked at tourism, planning, land use and the built environment, business, water resources, the countryside and the rural economy. 'Organisations, including my department, local authorities, tourist boards, water companies and the farming sector will all benefit from these important projects that will help us plan for and adapt to climate change,' said Pearson.Findings of the report include areas of the countryside that are at a higher risk of fires due to hotter, drier summers and greater risk of buckling track on the rail network.Metroeconomica produced a study of the costs and benefits of climate change while the Tyndall Centre, with Cranfield and Southampton universities, produced a review of adaption projects.Find out more on www.defra.gov.uk/climatechange/uk/adapt/research.htm

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