THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY is set to publish a new report with worrying conclusions regarding “inevitable” consequences of climate change in the UK.
On Wednesday, the Environment Agency (EA) will submit its third report to the Government under the Climate Change Act only 20 days before the start of the COP26 in Glasgow. The document reveals England will inevitably tackle floods that could kill hundreds of people and destroy even more homes according to the Agency’s forecast.
What happened in Germany and Belgium over the summer was quoted as examples of what the UK should prepare for by the report.
In a statement, EA chairwoman Emma Howard Boyd shared apocalyptic words to highlight how the danger was near and should be taken into consideration immediately.
“Some 200 people died in this summer’s flooding in Germany,” she said.
“That will happen in this country sooner or later, however high we build our flood defences unless we also make the places where we live, work and travel resilient to the effects of the more violent weather the climate emergency is bringing.
“It is adapt or die.”
As the world is heading for an increase in global average temperature of just under 3C by the end of the century, the report says even a rise of 2C would lead to natural catastrophes.
They expect London’s sea level to be up by 23cm by the 2050s and 45cm by the 2080s.
Winter rainfall would be up by 6% by the 2050s and 8% by the 2080s (compared with 1981-2000) while summer rainfall, on the contrary, would be down by about 15% by the 2050s.
Peak winter river flows could be up 27% while summer flows could be down as much as 82%.
On top of rising waters, potable water is also expected to be lacking.
The report forecasts an extra 3.4 billion litres of water will be needed every day before 2050, on top of the 15 billion used now.
According to Ms Howard Boyd, these figures should push governments, companies and communities to act now all the while working towards shifting global warming.
“The climate crisis is global, but its impacts are in your village, your shop, your home.
“Adaptation action needs to be integral to government, businesses and communities too and people will soon question why it isn’t – especially when it is much cheaper to invest early. “Brinkwire Summary News”.