Environment Agency and Fire Service join forces to improve flood resilience

New equipment will give the Agency access to more than 150,000 metres of hose stored by the latter organisation across the UK

People in coastal areas ‘need to seriously consider relocation’

An Associate Professor at Bournemouth University says climate adaptation is not always a viable solution

Environment Agency: Climate change increasing UK flooding risks

Intense flooding will become more frequent in the UK as a consequence of climate change. The warning from the Environment Agency’ (EA) follows a pattern of severe flooding over the past 10 years, “linked to an increase in extreme weather events as the nation’s climate changes”. It adds as intense storms are becoming more frequent, […]

‘Restore floodplains and wetlands for climate resilience’

Restoring floodplains and wetlands is a cost-effective way to improve climate resilience. That’s the verdict from the European Environment Agency (EEA), which says this lowers the amount of financial investment needed to defend against damaging floods and offers a range of other environmental and socioeconomic benefits. Around 20% of European cities are vulnerable to river […]

UK ‘must make urgent plans to meet 2032 climate goals’

The UK Government must set out a plan to meet legal targets for emission reductions by 2032 as matter of urgency. That’s according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which is calling on the government to better address climate change risks, including steps to improve river and coastal flood defences, as well as the resilience […]

Most local authorities ‘failing to prepare for climate change’

Most local authorities in the UK are failing to plan and prepare for climate change. Around 70% of local plans have no carbon reduction targets or any way of monitoring progress, according to a new report from the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), despite national policy having firm climate change commitments. The report claims […]

£50m extra funding for flood-hit homes, businesses

The government has announced extra funding worth £50 million to support households and businesses affected by the weekend’s devastating floods in Northern England. Local authorities will spend the money on temporary accommodation costs as well as help people protect their homes against future floods by providing grants of up to £5,000 to install new barriers, […]

Hundreds of homes and firms still without power

More than 800 households and businesses still have no access to electricity in Northern England as the region struggles with flooding. While progress has been made in reconnecting thousands of homes to the electricity networks, many are still off supply in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, Leeds, York and the Upper Calder Valley. Northern Powergrid said flood […]

‘Greenest government ever’ gets red card on environment

The UK Government is doing worse at reducing air pollution, protecting wildlife and preventing flooding, a group of MPs have said. The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) assessed 10 areas of environmental policy and gave a “red card” on the efforts made since 2010. The MPs said a further seven green issues deserved a “yellow card”, […]

Heavy rain shuts South Korea nuclear plant

A nuclear reactor in South Korea has been shut after deadly, heavy downpours in the country. Flash floods hit the city of Busan at the tail end of last week and continued at the start of this week, with reports suggesting at least five deaths as a result. Rising water prompted the safety system to […]