Policy paper

UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017

Government report setting out the 6 priority risk areas requiring further action in the UK over the next 5 years.



This report outlines the UK and Devolved Governments’ views on the key climate change risks and opportunities that the UK faces.

The report endorses the six priority risk areas identified in the independent evidence report by the Adaptation Sub-Committee:

  • from flooding and coastal change
  • to health and well-being from high temperatures
  • due to water shortages
  • to natural capital
  • to food production and trade
  • from pests and diseases and invasive non-native species

The first UK climate change risk assessment, together with its supporting evidence report, was published in January 2012.

Published 18 January 2017