NEIGHBORHOODS in Brighton could avoid worst risks of climate change-induced temperature rise, new figures suggest.
As the Met Office says the first predicted 40C temperatures in the UK are a sign that the impact of climate change is here, Friends of the Earth say extreme heat waves will become much more common as the climate crisis worsens.
The campaign group’s analysis shows that more than six million people across England will be vulnerable to extreme temperatures caused by global warming.
However, research shows no parts of Brighton and Hove are “at risk” of the worst effects of skyrocketing temperatures in the coming years.
A ‘vulnerable’ neighborhood is an area that experiences extreme heat for more than five days each summer and has a vulnerable population, based on research from the University of Manchester, which examines a variety of social and personal factors including age, deprivation, housing characteristics and access to health services.
Hot weather puts extra strain on the heart and lungs, and the Met Office warned that the elderly, young children and those with pre-existing health conditions are particularly at risk.
The most vulnerable communities are generally those with older populations, higher numbers of young children, without green space to protect themselves, and those with housing most vulnerable to overheating, such as B. High-rise buildings and caravans.
Extreme heat is defined as above 27.5°C with global warming of 1.5°C or above 30°C with global warming of 3°C.
More than six million people in England would be exposed to very hot weather – temperatures above 27.5°C – on a regular basis if global warming is limited to an increase of 1.5°C, which is the current target of the Paris Agreement and the European Union Framework Convention United Nations is climate change.
If global warming reached 3°C, 30 million people would be at risk of dangerously hot weather – temperatures exceeding 30°C.
Friends of the Earth said extreme heat waves were becoming much more frequent and severe, and urged the government to act quickly.
The government has committed to reducing emissions by at least 68 percent by 2030 and 78 percent by 2035 from 1990 levels, before reaching net zero by 2050.
Research leader Mike Childs said: “To prevent the most dangerous scenarios from becoming a reality, all countries, including the UK, must make greater efforts to prevent a runaway climate collapse.
“Suggestions by some politicians that the UK should backtrack on climate targets are short-sighted and reckless.
“People on the front lines of the climate crisis in the UK and overseas are already feeling the effects of it, despite being the least responsible for it.
“We need governments to double down on reducing emissions and providing finance for climate adaptation programs.”
A government spokesman said: “Thanks to government action, we have already reduced emissions by over 45 percent – the fastest reduction of any G7 country.
“Local areas have a vital role to play in tackling climate change, which is why councils already have significant funds at their disposal to take local action, including £1.2 billion in earmarked funds for 2020-21.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20286165.brighton-said-protected-worst-soaring-temperatures/?ref=rss Brighton is likely to avoid the worst of the rising temperatures