Warning as hotter summers drain water supply

Sir James Bevan, chief executive of the Environment Agency, said yesterday climate change had already caused “irrevocable damage”. He added: “However successful COP26 is, it won’t stop the climate changing.”

The Agency estimates that summer rainfall will decrease by around 15 percent by the 2050s in England and by up to 22 percent by the 2080s. The South-east will see temperatures above 95F (35C) more often by 2100, and sometimes 104F (40C).

Sir James said protection measures such as halving water leakage and reducing demand are essential to avoid the “Jaws of Death” – when demand outstrips supply.

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