By Paul Homewood
The UK is woefully unprepared to deal with changes occurring to the climate, government advisers say.
A report by the independent Climate Change Committee predicts warming will hit the UK harder than first thought.
It warns of more severe heatwaves, especially in big cities, and more intense rainfall, with an increased flood risk across most of the UK.
It says homes, infrastructure and services must be made resilient to floods, heat and humid nights.
The authors of the report on adaptation, or "climate-proofing", warn that global warming can cause damage running into tens of billions of pounds over short periods – and they say they’re frustrated at the lack of government action.
The committee, also known as the CCC, says the UK is even worse prepared than it was five years ago, at the time of its last report on the risks of climate change.
The committee’s chief executive, Chris Stark, said CCC members were so frustrated with the lack of progress on climate-proofing the UK that they deliberately made this report "spiky".
He said: "It’s really troubling how little attention the government has paid to this." He told BBC News: "The extent of planning for many of the risks is really shocking. We are not thinking clearly about what lies ahead."
While the world could warm by an average of 4C by 2100, the report say the UK government’s plans are inadequate to cope even with a 2C temperature rise.
Stark forgets that it is not his job to order the government to do anything, not least to spend hundreds of billions of taxpayer money on a a climate bogeyman in 100 years time.
There is no evidence at all, as he must surely be aware, that any of these “climate nasties”, which he mentions, are actually happening now. And even if the weather did get worse in a few decades time, governments then would surely be more than capable of taking any action needed.
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June 17, 2021 at 04:28AM