Mayor Boris Johnson's global warming plan aims to cool London
New London mayor Boris Johnson has unveiled his environmental plan for the city, focusing on flood risk management, cooler buildings and urban greening. Bracing the city for climate change is a legal requirement under a Greater London Authority Act passed under previous mayor Ken Livingstone.
Climate change could seriously threaten quality of life in London and the capital's position as a leading world city, the mayor, Boris Johnson, warned today.
Johnson issued the warning as he launched a strategy, claimed as the first for a major world city, detailing the action that needs to be taken in London to cope with global warming.
It outlines measures such as "greening" the city and cutting water use, which will be needed to help London adapt to the higher risk of floods, droughts and heatwaves expected in the future.
The strategy outlined the difficulties London faces in preparing to cope with the more frequent extreme weather events and the changes in the seasons – including warmer, wetter winters and hotter drier summers – that climate change will bring.
Johnson believes London is well-placed to pioneer methods in adapting to climate change, suggesting there will be economic opportunities in developing "green" jobs in the city.