Climate change and communities

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Programme Manager
Research Administrator
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How can communities in the UK improve their resilience and responses to climate change?

Climate change is one of the greatest risks facing society. This includes direct effects, such as increased flooding, higher temperatures and drought, and indirect effects, including an increase in the cost of living as food and fuel prices rise.

Our Climate change and communities programme builds on JRF evidence about which people and places will be affected by climate change in the UK and how this may link to poverty and disadvantage – see this summary of our publications and our infographics.

Our evidence shows there is a triple injustice for low-income households: they pay proportionately more and benefit less from certain policy responses, particularly those paid for through energy bills, while also being responsible for the least emissions.

Our current work

We are using our existing evidence alongside new research to help develop practical solutions for communities facing the consequences of climate change in the UK. Read more about our current work.

One way we’ve done this is to team up with Climate UK, the University of Manchester and the Environment Agency to create Climate Just – a website offering free resources to help local authorities and service providers in England understand who is most vulnerable to climate change in their area, and what they can do about it.

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