December’s floods caused widespread disruption and misery, and our hearts go out to all those who were, and still are affected.
But it’s happening much more frequently and on a larger scale than we anticipated, and clearly Britain is poorly prepared to defend against or deal with it. It also appears to be on a rising curve, as you’d expect if it’s associated with climate change. So we clearly need to do something about it.
David Rooke, a flooding expert and deputy chief executive of the UK Environment Agency urges a ‘complete rethink’ of UK flood defences as a result of climate change. “We are in a period of known extremes and moving into a period of unknown extremes,” he said. We’d have to look at flood defences and flood-proofing homes and increasing their resilience, he added.
The World Meteorological Organisation expects global average temperature to hit a record high in 2015. The UK Met Office says the...