Environment Buzzword 2022: UK's extreme heat and its lessons
Editor's Note: A series of major events – the Two Sessions and the Boao Forum for Asia – held in China have been under the spotlight. Among all topics discussed, environmental protection is one of the most important ones. Climate change, ocean pollution, plastic pollution, food waste... We are experiencing these environmental problems. Which ones are most concerning? Bob Ward, policy and communications director at Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, gives his opinions.
Extreme weather events, including heatwaves, wildfires, floods and droughts, frequently made headlines in 2022, and have been put on the agenda of major international events, including the ongoing Boao Forum for Asia in south China's Hainan Province.
On the other side of the globe, the UK was put to the test by extreme heat last year. Data from the UK Office for National Statistics indicates that over 3,000 excess deaths were recorded during the heatwaves last summer.
So what happened? What are some of the lessons the UK has learned that also have implications for the entire world?
Bob Ward, policy and communications director at Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, shared his views both as a climate change expert and as an individual who has had direct encounters with the extreme heat. Watch this video to find out more!
(Cover image designed by CGTN's Jia Jieqiong; Video edited by CGTN's Chen Chen)
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