The Met Office is launching a tool to help planners prepare for further extremes of rainfall and high temperatures. It warns that wild weather in the future is likely to place increasing challenges on health, infrastructure and services. The projections follow a year of UK extremes. The country experienced its wettest February, a record sunny May and the wettest ever day on 3 October.
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Extreme weather poses a direct threat to human lives but also an indirect one because of its effects on key infrastructure like railways. A report by Network Rail into the Stonehaven derailment, in which three people died after debris was washed on to the tracks amid heavy rain, concluded climate change was affecting the network more quickly than expected, it was “simply not economically viable” to strengthen all trackside earthworks that needed to be and “we expect there will still be earthwork failures as a result of challenging weather”. Climate change is a pressing and deadly threat that our politicians still do not take seriously enough. That must change.
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