The climate crisis is one of the biggest challenges facing London with millions already at risk from soaring temperatures and worsening floods, Sadiq Khan will say today. In a major address ahead of Cop26, the pivotal summit taking place in Glasgow, the London mayor will warn that “time is running out” to get the world on track for meeting the Paris Agreement goals and urge the government to show climate leadership. Nearly half of London’s hospitals, one in five schools and a quarter of the city’s rail stations are already at risk of flooding, according to City Hall analysis.
Independent 23rd Sept 2021 read more »
A quarter of London’s train stations could face risk of flooding because of climate change, a study has shown. In a speech on Thursday, Sadiq Khan, the capital’s Mayor, is set to warn that climate change could be “catastrophic” for the city, with homes and transport lines facing floods and uncomfortably high temperatures. Data analysed by London’s City Hall and Bloomberg Associates show that six London boroughs, including Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham and Islington, are at especially high risk from the flooding and overheating effects of climate change. Ten per cent of the capital’s rail network and one in four stations are at high risk of flooding in the future, based on predictions that the flood risk will grow as the climate warms. A University of Oxford study has previously found that, in the worst-case scenario, days exceeding 27C temperatures on London’s Tube network could rise from an average of eight in the 1961-1990 period to 41 by 2050.
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