The UK Government’s Environmental Audit Committee will consider risks to health, wellbeing and productivity associated with heatwaves, review the level of UK resilience to them and assess the Government’s actions to date. The Committee will also be examining public health risks associated with higher temperatures as well as heatwaves (see http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/environmental-audit-committee/news-parliament-2017/heatwaves-launch-17-19/). Globally, 15 of the 16 highest warmest years on record have occurred since 2001.
Mary Creagh MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, said:
“Climate change means the UK faces hotter summers and more heatwaves, and our ageing population will face an increased risk of heat-related illnesses and deaths.
“The Government should be doing all it can to protect citizens from risks associated with higher temperatures.
“Our inquiry will look at whether the UK is prepared for higher temperatures, and what more the Government should be doing to protect people, businesses and digital infrastructure from rising temperatures.”
The Committee invites submissions on some or all of the topics mentioned in the link above. Submissions should reach the Committee by 5:00 pm on 14 March 2018.and be no more than 3,000 words.