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Climate change will hit London
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The WWF wants the government to do more to cut emissions
A World Wildlife Fund report has found London is the most likely city in the UK to be damaged by the effects of climate change.

The Stormy Europe report, predicts the number of Winter storms will increase by up to 25% in the UK, which could see 10 extra storms between 2071 and 2100.

The report says the UK would be the worst affected in Europe, with wind speeds rising between 8-16%.

It reveals Birmingham and Swansea are also likely to be struck by storms.

Winter storms hitting the UK in the 1980s and 1990s cost between 200m and 2bn euros, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

London has been highlighted as being particularly at risk
Geraldine Marsh, WWF campaigner

Wind of change

"A dangerous wind of change is blowing across Europe," said Geraldine Marsh, a WWF regional campaigner.

"This report shows that the region will be in the firing line of future severe winter storms.

"We have already experienced extreme weather that has left a trail of destruction, not to mention great financial loss over the past few years.

"It is essential that we take urgent action to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, in order to protect people and their properties from devastating storms especially as London has been highlighted as being particularly at risk."

The WWF's report looked at three areas to compare European countries - the increase in severe winter storms, the increase in the number of days with extremely high wind speeds and the increase in maximum wind speeds.


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