Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Heatwaves, Fires and Floods, but No Snow. Welcome to Tyneside 2050; GO GREEN It Is like a Vision from a Hollywood Film. but as Environment Reporter AMY HUNT Finds out, the Vision of the Dramatic Effects of Climate Change Is Very Real

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Heatwaves, Fires and Floods, but No Snow. Welcome to Tyneside 2050; GO GREEN It Is like a Vision from a Hollywood Film. but as Environment Reporter AMY HUNT Finds out, the Vision of the Dramatic Effects of Climate Change Is Very Real

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Byline: AMY HUNT

FIRES and floods will hit the North East and snow will become a thing of the past as climate change tightens its grip.

But balmy temperatures enticing tourists and firms developing technology to protect our region will bring jobs and cash.

This is the double-edged scenario predicted by a study looking at how the effects of climate change will hit the region.

The North East Climate Change Adaptation Study, published today, is the most detailed and area-specific study of its kind produced anywhere in the world.

Using the latest technology, it predicts what the weather will be like between now and 2050 and what we must do now to prepare ourselves and make our region climate-proof.

The study found:

Annual average daily temperatures will increase by 2degC and extreme hot temperatures will increase by around 3degC;

Heatwaves will become more commonplace, while the number of frost days will fall;

Annual rainfall will fall by up to 10% but winters will be 21% wetter. Summer rainfall will fall by 37%;

There will be up to 20% more episodes of very heavy rainfall;

Winter snowfall will be much less common, with levels falling by between 45% and 83%;

Sea levels will increase by about 0.3m, while sea surge levels will rise by between 0.3m and 0.35m The report says climatic changes will cause problems for the region, including:

More flooding from rivers, the sea and drainage systems;

Health problems caused by warmer summers and increased pressure on emergency services;

More wild fires and parkland fires;

An increase in infectious diseases in humans and livestock and an increase in pests;

Damage to buildings;

Erosion of the coastline.

But there will be benefits, too, including opportunities for businesses to cash in on ways of helping the region to adapt and warmer winters leading to fewer winter deaths. …

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