The Department of the Environment has warned that industry will be hard hit by the forecast 3 C rise in UK temperature next century.
Michael Meacher, the environment minister, said research by the UK Climate Impacts Programme showed the temperature rise could create ‘the potential for more flooding, very severe winter gales and unusually hot days’.
There was no question that this was going to have ‘a drastic impact’, Meacher said. Everyone from business and industry to ordinary people will have to change their lives in some way to reach the targets set by the Government for cutting C02 emmissions by 20% by 2010.
A consultation paper on Britain’s progress is due in a couple of weeks.
Aubrey Bourne, policy adviser to the Major Energy Users Council, said these conditions would ‘reinforce the need for nuclear energy and cast doubt on the Government’s moratorium on gas-fired power stations’.
But hotter days would be ‘good news for air conditioner manufacturers’ and dry conditions good for pump makers,’ he added.