Lack of women in infrastructure is ‘insidious’ threat, says Environment Agency chair

Emma Howard Boyd has said that the lack of trained women engineers is impeding society’s ability to adapt to climate change.

In a speech on Friday to the Women’s Engineering Society annual conference, a hundred years after the body was formed, she noted that only 11% of the engineering sector are women.

“That is not a women’s issue. The whole of society is missing out on much-needed talent,” the recently-reappointed Environment Agency (EA) chair told the conference.

“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says there are only 11 years before significant impacts – like storms, heatwaves, and floods – reach dangerous tipping points. That’s just 11 years before natural forces threaten the safety of communities and the stability of economies to a greater extent than ever before.

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