Sadiq Khan calls for urgent climate action as London faces soaring heat and floods

Sadiq Khan calls for urgent climate action as London faces soaring heat and floods

9/23/2021 6:51:00 AM

Sadiq Khan calls for urgent climate action as London faces soaring heat and floods

London mayor launches city-wide campaign to inspire citizens and businesses to act on crisis

“London is at a crossroads,” he is expected to say.“We either take bold action now or face the consequences – with catastrophic impacts on our environment, the air we breathe and the climate.“But I can’t do it all alone. That’s why today I’m launching my city-wide campaign to inspire all Londoners – individuals, businesses and communities – to take action.”

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Climate crisis could make London Underground ‘unbearably hot’, mayor says(PA)New data from City Hall shows that several London boroughs, including Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Brent, Tower Hamlets and Newham, face a particularly high risk of both flooding and overheating.

The mayor will call for the UK government to devolve powers and long-term funds to help London deal with rising climate risks.“I want to work with the government to unlock the powers and funding needed to meet our targets, which will help deliver national targets too,” Mr Khan is expected to say.

He will also set out tougher actions to tackle deadly levels of air pollution in the capital.All school children in London currently breathe air with unsafe levels of pollution, when compared to thelatest air quality guidelinesannounced by the World Health Organization (WHO).

“I’m determined for London to be a world leader in tackling the twin dangers of air pollution and the climate emergency so that we can deliver a brighter future for London – one that’s greener, fairer and more prosperous for everyone,” the mayor will say.

“That’s why I’ve committed to making London a zero-carbon city by 2030... I also want London to be a zero-pollution city so that no child has to grow up in our city breathing toxic air.”His speech comes as leaders are gathered in New York for a UN general assembly where the climate crisis is at the top of the agenda.

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