Professor Jean Palutikof, NCCARF Director
As we come to the end of 2016, there has been some bad news, and some good news. On the bad news side, 2015 turned out to be the warmest year on record, 2016 is shaping up to be even warmer, and atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have topped 400 ppm for the first time.
On the good news side, the Paris Agreement has come into force, and solar power installation continues to grow exponentially – at the current rate of growth, solar power will become the world's largest source of electricity by 2050. But, so far, what we’re doing isn’t enough, and 2017 will likely see more records broken.
Against this background, adaptation remains essential. NCCARF played its part through 2016 with its ground-breaking online support framework CoastAdapt, and with a stream of publications delivering useful information to the adaptation community. You can learn about our recent and planned activities in this newsletter.
Finally, I’d like to close the year by wishing you a very happy holiday season from all at NCCARF, and a peaceful and healthy New Year. We look forward to working with you in 2017.