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UK 'unprepared' for impacts of climate change: expert comment

A report by the Climate Change Committee has concluded that the UK is unprepared for the effects of global warming, with homes, infrastructure and services all vulnerable. Dr Jonathan Clarke of Global Sustainable development comments on the reporting and the need to embrace 'adaptation'.

Dr Jonathan Clarke said: "There is rising awareness of the need to cut the UK’s carbon emissions, if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly apparent that our climate is already much more unstable, with what would once have been considered ‘extreme’ weather events, such as floods, storms, cold-snaps and heatwaves, becoming more common. If we are to avoid the worst impacts of these coming disasters to our health, economy and livelihoods, we need to be more prepared as a nation, promoting ‘adaptation’ in our built environment, protecting infrastructure and building more resilience in society at large."

16 June 2021


Peter Thorley
Media Relations Manager (Warwick Medical School and Department of Physics)


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