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Climate change on the tidal Thames

Scientific evidence suggests, with high confidence, that climate change is happening now and that it is the result of greenhouse gas emissions caused dominantly by human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels.

The independent Climate Change Committee established by the Government to advise on emissions targets, identified a range of concerns and risks for the future under various scenarios. These risks will have increasing and inevitable impacts on the natural environment, people, and the economy, if no action is taken to prepare for change (adaptation) or reduce greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation).

As home to the UK’s largest port, at the PLA we have looked closely at this, producing a climate change adaptation report and returning it to Government.

The following infographics set out the impacts of climate change on the tidal Thames, the port, how we are adapting to it and what we can do to improve things for the future.