Comment on June temperature record

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By George Smeeton

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Commenting on confirmation from the Met Office that June was the hottest on record for the UK [1], Peter Chalkley, Director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said:

"Toppling temperature records are a reminder if one were needed of the growing impact of the changing climate. Last year's heatwaves, topping out at 40.3C, hit British crops and contributed to drought that is still lingering in parts of the country.

“About half of people don’t think the Government is doing enough to halt climate change, whereas less than a quarter think it’s doing much. There’s a fair amount of political debate over net zero, but this often misses the point that unless we get to net zero emissions, more emissions are still going into the atmosphere and the heatwaves and other extremes continue to get worse."

Notes to editors:

  1. Climate change impacts June temperature records:

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