Britain’s latest heatwave was 10 times more likely to be caused by human-caused climate change, according to a scientific study released last week. Study co-author Friedrich Otto from Imperial College London, who led the World Weather Attribution Group, said: “In Europe and other parts of the world, we are seeing more and more record-breaking heat waves leading to extreme warming Faster than most climate models.
“This is a worrying finding that suggests that if carbon emissions are not sharply cut, the consequences of climate change on extreme heat in Europe, which are already extremely deadly, could be worse than we thought. ”
Jim Dale, senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, said: “The data has been one-way traffic for the past decade and more.
“The global records have all been in terms of heat and CO2 levels over the past decade.
“It’s no longer a denial – man-made climate change – it’s here.”
He continued: “It’s not just about the heat. It’s also about the other aspects that we will see in the future – hurricanes, floods – that aspect that climate change brings.”
The planet has reportedly warmed 1.1C (33.98F) since the Industrial Revolution 200 years ago.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says it is caused by greenhouse gas emissions from human activity.
Global temperatures are expected to reach or exceed 1.5C (34.7F) of warming over the next 20 years.
Mike Kenden of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Center said: “Although 1C (33.8F) warming may not sound like much, it has led to a maximum temperature of 32.2C (89.96F) similar to the one we saw in 2021. The exception is Compared to.
“It’s especially stark when Britain just experienced a record-breaking heat last week.”
The State of the Climate report published last week said high temperatures are the new normal for Britain.
According to the Met Office, this is changing seasonality, with plants with early leaves coming earlier and unusually cold temperatures in April delaying blooming plants.
Woodland Trust Professor Tim Sparks explained that autumn was delayed by warmer than average temperatures in September and October.
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The sea level has risen by about 16.5 cm since 1990, and the Met Office says the rate is rising by 3-5.2 mm each year.
This means that much of the coast is exposed to storm surges and winds and puts about 500,000 homes at risk from flooding.
Climate systems science professor Nigel Arnell said Britain needed to be prepared for more warm weather in the future.
To deal with this, buildings need to be remodeled and more greenery should be planted in cities to adapt, he said.
He added: “We cannot continue to deal with the extreme in crisis mode.”