LONDON – Britain’s Environment Agency on Wednesday urged world leaders to take decisive action to tackle climate change, issuing a sharp warning ahead of the UN summit in Glasgow this month, when some 20,000 delegates from nearly every country will discuss ways to tackle potentially catastrophic global warming. …
“Adapt or die,” said Emma Howard Boyd, chairman of a government agency, in a report to the British government.
Deadly floods like those that hit Germany this summer will sooner or later hit the UK, no matter how high the country’s flood protection is, she warned, calling for homes and workplaces to be adapted to make them more resilient. severe weather. on a climate emergency.
“While mitigation can save the planet, it is adaptation, preparing for climate shocks that will save millions of lives,” she said.
Even if countries succeed in meeting the target of limiting average temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels – a target set in the 2015 Paris Agreement – the report says winter precipitation will still increase by 6 percent and summer precipitation will decrease by 15 percent in the 2050s compared to the last two decades of the previous millennium.
In the UK, about four million people and about 200 billion pounds, or $ 272 billion, assets are at risk of flooding due to rising water levels in rivers and seas unless action is taken, the report warns.
The agency said it is working with government, businesses and communities to strengthen flood and coastal protection over the next six years.