France in midst of 4th heat wave amid historic drought


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Planet Earth: “I can’t breathe!”

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Most governments have persistently failed to prepare for extreme weather, specifically managing water - reducing flooding, increasing storage and ensuring that it is available in dry areas. More food will have to be grown under cover too.

Unfortunately, they are all blocking migrant labour movements and limiting supply chains for political reasons, so increasingly, nations do not have the workers or raw materials to build resilient, climate-proof infrastructure.

In the UK, labour shortages are severe courtesy of Brexit, no attempt has been made to develop a national water grid (proposed in the 1980s) and the SE (including London) is close to needing desalination plants. Parts of France are running out of drinking water and SE England eventually will too. Both countries will still suffer from floods in the winter, but not capture enough of the rain that falls.

Instead, we are getting a slightly faster railway between London and Birmingham and a tonne of money spent on the paperwork for nuclear power stations that will never be built.

Boris Johnson rarely turned up at SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) committee meetings, and they usually focus on military issues (or fluvid).

Japan is not immune from climate change and its effects. It depends heavily on imported energy and food. So what will it do if nationalist leaders around the world, having failed to make their countries more climate resilient, panic and block food exports?

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