UK must prepare for impact of climate change, advisers warn

Environment Secretary describes adaptation report as "a wake-up call".

The UK needs to prepare itself quickly to deal with the impact of climate change, government advisers have warned.The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said climate effects are already being felt in the UK in the form of higher temperatures and changing seasons.

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman describes the CCC's adaptation report as "a wake-up call".

"There is no part of our society which is immune from the effects of climate change," she is due to say in a speech on Thursday.

"Britain's economy will only be as resilient and prepared as British firms, communities and infrastructure."

The UK's average temperature has risen by 1C since the 1970s. "The UK must start acting now to prepare for climate change," said Lord Krebs, chairman of the CCC's adaptation sub-committee.

"It is not necessarily about spending more, but about spending smart and investing to save. If we get it right, we can save money in the short term and avoid large extra costs in the future."