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Great Britain. Report: The government is not prepared for extreme weather events

Great Britain.  Report: The government is not prepared for extreme weather events

In this document The government is required to address the major security threats in the country as a result of the impact of climate change on critical national infrastructureincluding energy, transportation, water and communications. It lists “compelling evidence” of this Climate change is already affecting Britain’s infrastructure and “no minister has taken the responsibility” to adapt it to these changes.

Report of the Joint Committee on National Security Strategy made up of members of the House of Commons and the House of Lordsis the result of a series of extreme weather events in recent years. This was Hurricane Irwin in November 2021, after which nearly a million people in northeastern England and Scotland were left without power after power lines were cut; the failure of the drainage systems that nearly flooded the National Blood Bank in Bristol; A train derailed in Scotland in August 2020 due to torrential rain, killing three people, and the heat in July this year, when temperatures rose above 40 degrees for the first time.

There are plenty of examples of the very serious impact that climate change is already having on our vital national infrastructure. There will be more to come – and it sure will be more serious. But what worries me most is the lack of evidence that anyone in government is focusing on how all the influences combine to create back-to-back crises. Committee chairwoman, Labor MP Margaret Beckett, said there simply were no ministers responsible for ensuring that our infrastructure is resistant to severe weather and other effects of climate change.

According to the report, experts predict that rising temperatures are likely to cause electric cables to sag and cool roads, and flooding is likely to be more severe, making railway bridge failures more frequent.

The committee made three main recommendationsAppoint a separate Deputy Minister for National Critical Infrastructure who will work closely with the Deputy Minister on Climate Change; Create a legal forum between regulators who oversee critical national infrastructure, such as Ofwat Water and Ofgem Energy; Provide a regional training program to ensure that local emergency responders such as emergency services can prepare and respond effectively to extreme weather events.

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