Why are some parts of London getting so dirty?
London has become one of the most polluted cities in the world with its water being so filthy that it is being blamed for many deaths.
The capital has seen some of the worst flooding in decades, and is on course for another year with its highest ever water pollution levels.
London has been hit by record high levels of carbon dioxide levels over the last few weeks, with the pollution levels expected to continue rising, according to figures from the British Pollution Control Agency (BPCA).
The agency has warned that if we do not reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the country could end up with a water crisis of the equivalent of a second world war.
What we know so far:The BPCA said that the capital’s average annual average temperature rose by 0.2C to 46.4F in April, while it has also seen the amount of rain falling by almost 100mm, while temperatures rose by 1.3C in July.
The agency warned that, if things continue on this track, there is a very high risk that the city will have to be shut down by 2025, or face a catastrophic water shortage.
The problem of pollution is not limited to the capital.
Water pollution is also a problem for the countryside as well.
The UK’s most polluted river, the Thames, is also an important water source for the UK, with pollution levels exceeding the European Union (EU) target of 15% of the country’s annual average.
But the EU has so far been unable to enforce a ban on carbon dioxide, meaning that the Thames will continue to be a source of pollution even if the UK was to implement a ban.
The BpcA also warned that it was a “disaster” if the Government did not act to cut pollution by 2050.
But some experts are sceptical about the Government’s plans.
One of them, Professor Andrew Gethins from the University of Bath, said: “If the Government had a good plan for reducing water pollution they could probably implement it but the way the Government is currently behaving, it looks like it is all about avoiding the problem.”
What we don’t know so much:The UK has been warned by the EU that it could face a crisis of water shortages if it does not act on climate change.
But, despite a record high level of pollution, the BPCB has warned the UK will continue getting polluted.
The environment secretary, Liz Truss, has warned of a “catastrophic” situation if we are not to act on this issue.
What the experts say:Dr Andrew Githbert, Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University in London, told the BBC: “What we are looking at here is a situation where we have the situation where if we don´t act, we will have an extreme event where people will die.”
So, we have to have an immediate and decisive plan to reduce our emissions, which means reducing carbon dioxide.
“This means a very significant reduction in carbon dioxide by 2050, but the problem is we have got to have a plan for that and that’s where this Government is at.”