Weather or not?

The Department of Health (DH) has published a renewed strategy for combating the 25 000 ‘avoidable’ deaths that occur each year as a result of cold weather in the UK (DH, 2012). Since 2010, when the country was gripped by a particularly disruptive cold stint, in which Heathrow airport was closed for three consecutive days and the UK economy lost an estimated £840 million (UK Parliament, 2011), the government has focused attention on combating the UK's susceptibility to, so-called ‘extreme’ weather.

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