Reducing emissions is not enough to stop climate change, the UK Government’s Environmental Agency has said.
Sir James Bevan, its Chief Executive said, “even with the ambitious global and national actions we all want to see to reduce emissions, some further climate change is now inevitable”. Speaking at a roundtable conference, Sir James warned that the average global temperature increase of one degree Celsius means that more extreme weather events, coastal erosion, and biodiversity damage are already occurring. He has called for ‘net zero plus’ to be implemented: a reduction in emissions whilst also adapting to the worst impacts of climate change. He said: “We need to design and build our infrastructure, our cities and our economy so that they are resilient to the effects of the changing climate.”
Net zero ‘not enough’ to combat climate change, Environment Agency warns, Sky News, 2021-03-16