More money needs to be spent on projects such as climate-proofing infrastructure like railways and roads, improving flood defences and increasing drainage, says the climate adaptation committee.
The risks of heatwaves, droughts, flooding and failing critical infrastructure are increasing in the UK due to global warming, but the government has been too slow in acting to limit them, according to a new report from its climate change watchdog.
Adapting to higher temperatures and the more intense heatwaves and storms they are predicted to bring, requires investment of around £10bn a year, says the Climate Change Committee (CCC).
Spending on everything from flood defences, to more heat-resilient homes, to improved drinking water supplies is falling well short of what is needed to insulate the UK from climate impacts, according to the report.
“It is no secret that the UK is now experiencing a range of damaging consequences of climate change, but adaptation in the UK remains chronically underfunded and overlooked. This must change,” said Baroness Brown, chair of the CCC’s Adaptation Committee.
When it comes to reducing the risk of climate change itself through its net zero strategy, the government has been clear in defining priorities, says the report.
The same approach has to be used in adapting to the warming that is inevitable due to global warming that’s already under way, it warns.
Read more: SkyNews
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