Heritage and Climate Change
Environmental impacts on the historic environment can involve flooding, coastal change, extreme weather events and changes in the distribution of species. Climate change is continually increasing the likelihood, magnitude and frequency of unpredictable and extreme weather events. These issues will affect all of us in the UK, whether directly or indirectly.
The historic environment is not immune from these changes. Structures which have been standing for hundreds of years are becoming unstable due to extremes of wetting, drying and temperature change. Our wildlife-filled wetlands and historic coasts are at risk of significant change.
However, taking action now will make it possible to help protect some of the historic environment, by developing adaptation measures and building resilience into our plans. Historic England is at the forefront of this issue, commissioning research and providing expert advice. As we move forward into climate-uncertainty, Historic England is continuing to focus on finding the best solutions to protect our vulnerable heritage.