It’s time to take climate adaptation seriously
It is no longer enough for councils to focus solely on net zero for their climate emergency plans, says Jo Wall. Adaptation should be key, embedded by whole-systems thinking.
Reducing Hull’s flood risk
Mark Jones describes how the Living with Water partnership has protected the area since 2007’s flood damage across Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Mitigating winter storms’ risks
Winter storms are a stark reminder for local authorities of their legal duty for environmental management, says Andrew Clarke.
Change is coming and local authorities will need to adapt
Councils must grapple with planning issues now so that as much development as possible is adapted to deal with the effects of climate change, say Ben Standing and James Fawcett.
Gove warned of climate change floods risk
Local government secretary Michael Gove was today urged to align UK housing policy with climate change.
Taking the lead locally on the climate emergency
A project launched last year provides a significant piece of Craven DC's zero carbon by 2030 jigsaw, says Paul Shevlin, and the most impactful thing the council could do was to take steps to cut the carbon footprint of its seven key premises.
Improving flood resilience together
Giles Stevens says the National Infrastructure Commission is awaiting details of how the national indicators to monitor flooding trends being developed by the Government will work in practice. Avoiding the challenges is not an option, he adds.
Why we need to talk about floodplains
Continuing to build new homes in floodplain areas without resilience measures is a planned catastrophe, writes Localis’ Grace Newcombe.
Return on investment – the next frontier in city climate action
More than 30 cities in six countries including Cambridge, Coventry and Dundee are using a new software platform to model different ways to meet their climate targets. Tomer Shalit explains.
Sharing the tech journey
Councils across south London are collaborating through the Internet of Things project to test ways technology can bring practical benefits to residents and to businesses. Cllr Sunita Gordon and Cllr Stephanie Archer explain.
Planning in flood risk areas to go to ministers
Councils should ensure all planning applications made in flood risk areas are referred to ministers for approval under new guidance.
Tighter planning rules to protect communities from flood risk
Councils should ensure all planning applications made in flood risk areas are referred to ministers for approval under new guidance published today.
Buckinghamshire’s break for success
Martin Tett looks at how Buckinghamshire Council’s unitary status removed some barriers to successfully responding to the COVID crisis and how it is now tackling residents’ mental health and wellbeing as it moves towards a greener future.
MPs call for review of local authority flood funding
The Government needs a better understanding of whether funding allocated to local authorities to prevent flooding is matching local risks, MPs have warned.
Pulling together at the top
Calderdale Council won the senior leadership team of the year in The MJ Achievement Awards 2020. Chief executive Robin Tuddenham tells Heather Jameson his top team ‘are fundamentally incredibly skilled and knowledgeable but, secondly, connect to each other’
MPs call for flood support
A group of cross-party MPs has joined calls for funding to support areas flooded during Storm Christoph.
Living in a climate emergency
Cllr Scott Patient outlines how Calderdale MBC is working with partners and communities to both reduce flood risk and cut the impacts of climate change – but help is needed, and the council is calling on the Government to unlock resources.
MPs accuse government of lacking clear flood resilience targets
MPs have urged the Government to provide councils with the resources they need to protect vulnerable communities from flooding.
Leading the way on the climate emergency
West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s approach to tackling the biggest challenge of our times led to it winning the Climate Emergency category at The MJ Awards last year, as Dan Peters reports.
Flood recovery funding calls rejected
The Government has ruled out releasing national funds for flood recovery in the wake of Storm Christoph.