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The Environment Agency warns Adapt or Die – can we respond in time?


Catherine Condie
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The climate change press release published recently by the Environment Agency on GOV.UK makes for stark reading. It warns ‘Adapt or die’, citing that adaptation – becoming resilient to the effects of climate change – is just as vital as mitigation. Alongside the Agency’s plans to prepare for impacts of climate change, it sets out reality checks to make the case for urgent action. Top of its list for approaching adaptation is to think differently and collaborate. 

At the National Digital Twin programme, we are close to showing what can be achievable in a project working toward improving the resilience of infrastructure in the face of climate change. Climate emergency is here now, and vulnerable people are at risk when extreme weather and flooding impact vital infrastructure services. Connected digital twins can keep the lights on in dark times, saving lives. 

Our special webinar aligned with COP26 on 2 November 2021 introduces the Climate Resilience Demonstrator (CReDo), a collaboration between Anglian Water, BT and UK Power Networks, who will share asset and operations data combined with environmental data to inform an increased level of infrastructure resilience. It will demonstrate the potential of a National Digital Twin to deliver beneficial outcomes for people and planet.   

Has data sharing moved up your list of priorities? Where would you consider that adaptation needs to happen the most? 

 

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