“Science has spoken” on the issue of climate change, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said, following a hard-hitting United Nations (UN) report that warns of three key risks to Europe.
The work of more than 310 scientific experts, the report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts increased economic losses and more people affected by flooding, significant reduction in water availability and more people affected by extreme heat events. Global issues such as rising food prices will also affect the UK the report says.
Ed Davey, who claimed the UK was “leading from the front” and working with European partners on ambitious climate change targets, added: “This evidence builds the case for early action in the UK and around the world to lessen the risks posed by climate change. We cannot afford to wait.”