Climate Change

This section of our website provides links to research and guidance relating to climate change and its implications for the historic environment.

York City Flooded

Flooding in the historic centre of York

Climate change is one of the most important and urgent problems facing us today.  Without action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the direct impacts of the changing climate will have major adverse effects on society, the economy and the environment, including our cultural heritage.

Climate Change and the Historic Environment

Climate change and the historic environment

 

The wide-ranging actions required to limit further dangerous emissions, combined with the need to adapt historic assets to make them more resilient to a changing climate will also have significant implications for the historic environment.

The wide-ranging actions required to limit further damaging emissions, combined with the need to adapt historic assets to make them more resilient to a changing climate, will also have significant implications for the historic environment and its future management. 

The Climate Change and the Historic Environment statement updates and replaces our 2006 position paper. It sets out our current thinking on the implications of climate change for the historic environment. 

It is intended both for the heritage sector and also for those involved in the wider scientific and technical aspects of climate change; in the development of strategies and plans relating to the impact of climate change; or in projects relating to risk assessment, adaptation and mitigation.

Alongside this high-level statement, we continue to publish more detailed research and guidance relating to climate change and its implications for the historic environment.  These publications are listed in this document and are available on our website.

Adapting to Climate Change

Conservation Bulletin 57 looks at works being undertaken by English Heritage and its partners to respond to the challenge of climate change.

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