Businesses influence policy on climate

The majority of rural enterprises in the Northumberland Uplands have been affected by severe weather events in the past five years, according to new research.

Businesses affected range from farm businesses to art and craft businesses, and 83 per cent of those that took part stated that snowfall had significantly impacted upon their business between 2010 and 2012 while 25 per cent of businesses were affected by flooding incidents in the same period.

Other severe weather events that rural enterprises considered included low/high temperatures, winds and droughts.

Northumberland National Park Authority and ClimateNE, with assistance from the KSA partnership, have led an innovative piece of research on behalf of Defra, and it is the first project to ensure that rural businesses influence future climate change policy and will contribute to similar work within the North East.