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Climate Change Will Put Pressure on Drains

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

London flood defenceScientists Predict a Bleak Future Unless We Take Action Now

Floods brought about by storms and rising sea levels could become the norm, as climate change threatens the infrastructure in the UK’s capital With the advances in technology over the past couple of decades, most of us think that the world our children and grandchildren will inherit will be one of plenty. A place where the work life balance is optimised, and lifestyles will allow for a blend of productive work and rewarding leisure time in comfortable surroundings. The picture painted by scientists representing C40, which consists of key cities across the globe, suggests a future that is more reminiscent of dystopian disaster movies like Interstellar or The Day After Tomorrow. Rising sea levels, extreme weather and a growing population will push the capital’s ageing infrastructure over the edge, with blocked drains leading to flooding and disease.

Global challenges

London is not alone in facing an uncertain future over the next 30 years. The report said that every city on the planet will be affected by climate change. As well as the flood risk, there is also a significant probability that power outages will become a way of life unless action is taken. And in cities such as Moscow, Oslo and Barcelona, there is a genuine risk of food shortages. The more positive news is that around three quarters of the world’s cities have already started taking action to avoid a disaster for future generations and our own old age. Let’s take a closer look at the risks facing London, along with what is already being done and what else needs to happen.

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