‘The new normal’: EA chair urges government and business to prepare for climate extremes

Governments, investors and businesses have a “moral responsibility to act” to prepare for intensifying storms, droughts and heatwaves, Environment Agency (EA) chair Emma Howard Boyd has warned.

Speaking at an event in London yesterday, Howard Boyd said: “As policy makers, investors and business people, it is our responsibility to protect the assets that are entrusted to us and ensure that they are resilient to all kinds of risk – including climate risk.”

Failure to act would be “disastrous for our economic interests all over the world”, whereas acting now would “help businesses to prosper”, she said.

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