New tool maps climate change impact

Launch of the Climate Just website

4 February 2015

Climate Just, a powerful new online mapping tool, was launched earlier today. It shows the uneven impact that climate change is likely to have across England, highlighting ‘hot spots’ and providing a huge amount of supporting information and resources. It is the first time this information is on a publicly available website at the neighbourhood level. CSE contributed website content on fuel poverty and the distribution of carbon emissions. Zoe Redgrove from our Research and Analysis team was involved in the project. She said "CSE is pleased to be working on this valuable resource for local authorities and their partners, and to help disseminate the research more widely".

The tool has been developed by Climate UK and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, in partnership with the Environment Agency and the University of Manchester.

Katharine Knox, Programme Manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation said: “Climate change risks compounding existing disadvantage and inequality in the UK.

“The Climate Just website highlights both what makes people vulnerable and which places may be most climate disadvantaged. We hope this will help organisations to better understand the issues and the actions they can take to respond, whether through community engagement and awareness raising to increase resilience, or direct measures for example to improve flood protection or tackle fuel poverty”.

People working in spatial planning, housing, public health, social care and environment roles should find the site particularly useful. Local councils, who have responsibilities in many of these areas, are likely to be key users of the resource. Kit England, Chair of the Core Cities Working Group on Climate Resilience and Adaptation, and who works for climate resilience at Newcastle City Council said: “The Core Cities are delighted that the Joseph Rowntree Foundation have undertaken this work. Climate Just is a fantastic resource that will enable councils to understand the climate disadvantage in their area and respond accordingly, planning for a changing climate whilst also creating a more equal society.

Climate Just is a free, publicly available resource and can be accessed at www.climatejust.org.uk

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