Weather forecasters, news editors, and the like must stop calling hot sunny days lovely, or nice, or celebrate that people might be able to go out as unusual in our windswept and rainy isles. Because to do so is to skate over the dangers of climate change.
The public is being lulled into a false sense of security about the UK’s increasingly extreme weather patterns by news and weather reports that present long, hot, dry spells as good news, according to scientists and campaigners.
Experts say unusually dry and sunny conditions like those experienced in the UK over the past two months are too often framed as something to celebrate, with newspaper and TV reports featuring pictures of people sunbathing, playing in fountains or eating ice creams.
Instead, the experts say, people should be made aware of the risks associated with increasingly hot summers, especially for vulnerable groups, and they should be helped to “join the dots” to see heatwaves and flooding in the context of the wider climate crisis.
Instead, the news that today you can go and sit in the park should be accompanied by the insistence that this is why we’ve got to overthrow industrial capitalism, see?
“I am afraid the media have not woken up to the risks associated with hot and dry weather and that can help lull the population into a state of ignorance about the extent and severity of those risks,” said Bob Ward, from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics.
Ahhh, that’s who it’s from. So, obviously it’s insane, coming from that source.
He said elderly people and those with underlying health conditions were at risk from more regular heatwaves – a danger often compounded by poorly insulated houses or care homes.
“It is all very well to be talking about visits to the beach because it is going to be sunny and hot but we must recognise that there are real risks too, particularly for vulnerable groups of people,” Ward said.
Idiot. Given the UK’s background climate – and insulation of the housing – far greater dangers accompany cold than hot weather here.