The summer heatwaves of 2019 resulted in almost 900 extra deaths, according to statistical analysis from Public Health England. Over the past four years, more than 3,400 people have died early during periods of extreme temperature in England. Global heating is increasing the frequency of heatwaves and a cross-party committee of MPs warned in July that the UK was “woefully unprepared” for this impact of the climate emergency.
Edie 8th Jan 2020 read more »
Indonesia’s capital Jakarta is sinking as sea levels rise, meaning the millions of people who live there will have to move and underlining the pressing need to take action to stop climate change, writes Kenny MacAskill. Media attention has been on Australia where the fires are almost primordial and frightening. But climate change is playing out elsewhere with even more devastating effect. It’s almost biblical in proportions as fire and flood threaten humanity. In Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, 66 have died so far and more than 173,000 have been displaced. Without diminishing the tragedy afflicting our Commonwealth cousins, this is even worse. They’re not burning but drowning. Torrential rain – that Australia prays for – is washing them away.
Scotsman 9th Jan 2020 read more »
Last year was warmer, wetter and sunnier than average for most of the UK, and finished as the 11th warmest, 11th wettest, and 15th sunniest year on record. But perhaps one of the most remarkable aspects of the weather in 2019 was that in the same calendar year the UK experienced the highest winter and summer temperatures on record. A warmer and wetter year with a number of notable high temperature records within it reflects the general climate trends that scientists have observed during recent decades.
Carbon Brief 8th Jan 2020 read more »