Britain has launched a £5m ($7m) research program to better prepare for the risks of climate change, such as heatwaves and flooding, the government said Friday.
The move comes a week after scientists warned that the weather in Britain is already being hit by climate change and after catastrophic flooding in northwestern Europe last month and wildfires in several Mediterranean countries this month.
“From floods to wildfires – the extreme weather events we’ve seen recently show how crucial it is for communities to build resilience and protect their futures,” Alok Sharma, chair of the COP 26 international climate talks that will be held later this year. Great Britain will be held. years, the statement said.
The research will be conducted by some of the leading environmental science authorities, such as University College London and the UK Center for Ecology & Hydrology, and will contribute to future climate policy, according to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS ). ).
Britain’s independent climate advisers, the Climate Change Committee, warned earlier this year that the country has so far failed to prepare for many of the likely impacts of a warmer planet, such as a deterioration in food security and health risks from overheating of buildings.
Last month’s floods come just weeks after a record-breaking heat wave killed hundreds in Canada and the United States. Scientists have since said extreme heat would have been “virtually impossible” without climate change, increasing the likelihood of such an event at least 150 times.
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