The UK needs to do what it can to be more energy efficient to provide a sustainable future for the planet, the Environment Agency has advised.
Comments from the organisation followed the UK's Climate Projections report, which predicted that London will be on average up to six degrees hotter than it is now by 2080.
The findings suggest that every part of the UK will be wetter in winter and warmer in summer.
Lord Chris Smith, chairman of the Environment Agency, said: "In the UK we have the opportunity to become a world leader in low carbon energy and technology, creating jobs and a healthier environment.
"That has to be the way forward for our economy after the recession. We cannot return to the 'profit at any cost' approach of the past."
The agency appealed for urgent action from the government, business and the public sector to improve the efficiency with which energy is used.
A five point action plan has been unveiled by the government in a bid to curb the impact of climate change upon the UK.
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