Climate change is speeding up and if we do not tackle it now the “consequences will be grim”, Environment Agency chief executive James Bevan told a conference at the Royal Society of Arts yesterday.
The 20 warmest years on record have all come since 1995, Bevan pointed out. “The five warmest years have all been in this decade, the 2010s. 2016 was the hottest year since records began. And this year the UK had the joint hottest summer on record.”