In a speech this Tuesday at the Royal Society, the expert emphasized that increasingly hot, dry summers and little precipitation, two effects of climate change, are a toxic combination, so he advised to focus more on the quantity of available water than on its quality.
Bevan cited forecasts made by his agency for a 15 per cent drop in precipitation in England by 2050, while the forecast is as high as 22 per cent three decades later.
He added that temperatures can exceed 35 degrees and even 40 degrees.
According to the official, it is a domino effect, as nature is interconnected, and the risk of dehydration brings other extreme effects.
Bevan’s warning comes less than two weeks before the start of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, or COP26, in the Scottish city of Glasgow, where world leaders are expected to agree on measures to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.
The UK Environment Agency director said, however, that whatever the outcome of COP26, and even if the world stops carbon emissions tonight, the impact of climate change in some places is already irreversible.
This is why as a country, we need to be prepared to face future dangers and the potential impacts we know will have.
Bevan’s speech coincided with the British government’s announcement of an ambitious plan to reduce net carbon dioxide emissions to zero by 2050, and with the Global Investors Summit in London.
The initiative, which is part of the so-called “Green Industrial Revolution” launched by Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson last November, includes multi-million dollar investment to facilitate the transition to electric vehicles and the replacement and replacement of gas boilers in homes. from fossil fuels by wind and nuclear fusion as sources of electricity.
British environmental groups and political parties, however, consider the government’s strategy to reduce pollutant emissions insufficient, and in some cases unworkable.