BRITONS have been sent a severe warning after the Environment Agency (EA) revealed hundreds more people could die in extreme weather events if the climate crisis is not addressed.
EA’s report, published today, assesses the country’s preparedness and ability to cope with the variety of risks that climate change poses to the country. Emma Howard Boyd, chair of the agency, sent a stark warning that urged immediate action. She said: “It is adapt or die.” EA’s report points out that the hundreds of deaths in Germany as a result of severe flooding could be seen in the UK too if we do not change our ways.
Ms Howard Boyd said: “Some 200 people died in this summer’s flooding in Germany. 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.”
The organisation stressed that the UK needs to fix up its act if it is to become more resilient to increasingly extreme weather.
Environment department Defra has said it was taking key measures to protect the UK from the impacts of climate change.
Currently, we are heading towards a rise in the global average temperature of nearly 3C by the end of the century.
The UN’s IPCC report which issued a ‘code red’ for humanity and urged instant action, warned that this temperature rise will be catastrophic.
But while a 3C rise is predicted to cause devastation, even 2C rise would come with serious consequences, according to Defra.
It projected that a 2C would bring winter rainfall up by 6 percent by the 2050s and 8 percent by the 2080s (compared with 1981-2000).
It also predicted that by the 2050s, peak river flows could soar by 27 precent while summer flows plummet by as much as 82 percent.
Scientists have already warned that ignoring the climate crisis will yield “untold suffering” for humanity and even bring about the end of the world as we know it.
They say that although climate change will not directly cause an extinction event, that it could play a huge role, such as by leading to food and water scarcity, which has the potential to trigger a societal collapse and set the stage. “Brinkwire Summary News”.