Research: 30 UK areas ‘need more protection’ from heatwaves

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A joint study by environmental group Friends of the Earth and the University of Manchester has identified the communities most at risk from extreme temperatures

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The researchers predict that even if the world achieves its target of reducing global warming to 1.5C, more than six million people across 3,000 of the UK’s most vulnerable postcode areas will regularly experience high temperatures for five days or more by 27 .5 °C will be exposed in the summer.

In a worst-case scenario of a 3°C increase in global temperatures, these areas could face five days or more of frequent and prolonged outbreaks, described in the analysis as “dangerously hot weather” of 30°C and above.

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Research classified neighborhoods as vulnerable when they:

In light of the findings, Friends of the Earth has called for public funds to be allocated to local areas so they can take measures that better protect them from hot weather.

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These adjustments would include tree planting in urban areas and budgetary measures – including insulation, ventilation and shutters.

“Extreme heat waves and health warnings like the ones we’re witnessing this week will become much more frequent and severe because of climate change,” said Mike Childs, research director at Friends of the Earth.

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“To prevent the most dangerous scenarios from becoming a reality, all countries, including the UK, must make greater efforts to prevent a runaway climate collapse.

“We need governments to double down on reducing emissions and providing finance for climate adaptation programs.”

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Mazic News has reached out to the government for comment.

Friends of the Earth has identified 30 community areas that need the most support.

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They were ranked according to the number of neighborhoods at risk.

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