Whatever the weather – is London prepared?

08 October 2014

This meeting took place on 9 October 2014. Read the transcript here.

Hotter and drier summers, milder and wetter winters - that’s the forecast for London’s changing climate. This will increase the risk of winter floods, as well as summer heatwaves.

What’s more, variability of temperature and rainfall may increase, so there will still be the potential for cold snaps, dry winters and summer storms.

In other words, are we ready for anything and everything?!

The London Assembly’s Environment Committee will tomorrow find out if London is prepared for a range of severe weather in coming decades.

The Committee will question the following guests:

Alex Nickson, GLA adaptation manager

John Kolm-Murray, Seasonal Health and Affordable Warmth Co-ordinator, Islington Council

Prof David Balmforth, President-elect, Institution of Civil Engineers; Visiting Professor, ICL; Executive Technical Director, MWH civil engineers

John Parker, London Tree Officers Association and TfL

David Lofthouse, London Tree Officers Association and LB Merton

Ashley Kingborough, University of Oxford

Nicola O’Connor, Zero Carbon Hub

The meeting will take place on Thursday, 9 October from 10.00am in The Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes to editors:

Stephen Knight AM, Chair of the Environment Committee, is available for interview. See contact details below.

As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For more details, please contact Alison Bell in the Assembly Media Office on 020 7983 4228. For out-of-hours media enquiries please call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit, Greater London Authority, on 020 7983 4100.

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