UK water supply at risk

A report published by the Committee on Climate Change has warned that parts of the UK will run the risk of drought by 2035. The report says: “While only 8% […]

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By Tom Gibson

A report published by the Committee on Climate Change has warned that parts of the UK will run the risk of drought by 2035.

The report says: “While only 8% of water resource zones in England are currently at risk of falling short of demand during a severe drought, this could increase to around 45% by 2035 without remedial action.”

The Committee has warned the Government to launch new policies as some sectors of the economy could struggle to cope with the impact of climate change on water supplies.

The Chair of the Adaption Sub-Committee, Lord John Krebs, has written to the Secretary of State on the methodology being used for the UK’s Climate Change Risk Assessment. The ASC has a statutory duty under the Climate Change Act to advise Government on the preparation of the CCRA.