July was warmest month on record
Scientists have revealed that July 2019 was the warmest month ever recorded worldwide, with the European heatwave that swept the UK made up to 3 degrees warmer by climate change.
Satellite data confirmed that July was marginally warmer than the previous hottest month on record - July 2016.
The coinciding heatwave across Europe was also made more likely and more intense by climate change, according to scientists at the international World Weather Attribution organisation.
The scientists said the heatwave was likely to have been between 1.5 to 3 degrees Celsius warmer because of the changing climate, with the UK’s extreme temperatures in particular - which caused transport disruption across the country - estimated to be ten times more likely to happen.
The following severe and sudden wet weather in the North West, culminating in damage to the Toddbrook Reservoir dam in Whaley Bridge, is also an event expected to occur more frequently because of climate change. The extreme floods that hit the North West in 2009 and 2015 were recently found to be the largest in over half a millennia.
Experts have previously urged companies to develop climate resilience and adaptation strategies to cope with more frequent extreme weather events and assess climate-related opportunities and risks to their business.
Almost all businesses face some type of climate-related risk, whether it is the risk of physical damage to operations, or indirect risks such as supply interruptions.
Putting plans and measures in place to ensure business continuity during extreme weather can help companies gain a competitive advantage, reduced costs and improved reputation.
A practical guide designed specifically for small companies in Greater Manchester is available here.
Posted under Climate Change and What it Means to You on 7 August 2019