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Future Environment: Desert Britain. How our water supply is running out - and faster than we realise

Chaired by Anita McNaught

“Around 25 years from now, where those [demand and supply] lines cross is known by some as the ‘jaws of death’ – the point at which we will not have enough water to supply our needs, unless we take action to change things’ - Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency.

We won’t be a green and pleasant land for much longer. Anyone looking at the weather and rainfall data can tell you that parts of Britain are heading into permanent drought. Combine that with population growth and development in the driest parts of the South East, a culture of little respect for water conservation, and a privatised water industry under pressure to produce profits when all the inputs are heading into the red zone. Is there any action we can take now to mitigate against our coming water crisis?

Prof. Trevor Bishop

Managed the 2012 UK drought as national duty commander and is now part of the planning team for long term (2100), future drought and flood sustainable adaptation.

Prof. Sarah Bell

Stuart Roberts