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Is money being wasted dredging the Somerset Levels?

December 16, 2014

It’s nearly a year since TV screens were filled with furious locals protesting at the failure to drain the Somerset Levels. They enlisted the outspoken support of their MP, stirred a political crisis, and got local flood management priorities overturned. At the time, some warned that the Levels had attracted disproportionate attention as more populous [...]

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UK must ‘learn to live with flooding’

THE UK will have to live with water after a report accepted the ever-increasing threat of flooding cannot be fully defended. Science centre BRE has welcomed the Treasury’s £2.3bn investment in flood defences, but says that a new approach to dealing with flooding is required whereby buildings are made flood-resilient. BRE argues that flooding is [...]

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So just who is the world’s worst performing industrial country on climate change?

December 10, 2014

Prepare to be shocked to discover which country has been named and shamed as the worst-performing industrial country in the world on climate change. A report released at international negotiations in Peru revealed the biggest offender to be … Australia. The climate change performance index ranked Denmark as the best-performing country in the world, followed [...]

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Weather bomb means more explosive skies

There’s a new phrase many of us have learned this week – and that’s ‘weather bomb.’ And, once again, it’s a term – often like the weather – imported from across the Atlantic for it’s an American phrase. Here in England we’ve got a somewhat different name for it. One that’s, well, perhaps not so [...]

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Government to pump £2.3bn into more than 1,400 flood defence projects

December 4, 2014

More than 1,400 flood defence projects – including the Somerset Levels (pictured) – are to receive funding to provide better protection from flooding for hundreds of thousands of homes. The Treasury is detailing projects that will receive a share of the £2.3bn already earmarked for capital spending on flood defences over the next six years [...]

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Looks like another wet winter ahead

November 22, 2014

There is a risk of further flooding in parts of the UK  as forecasters predict a wetter winter than average. In a three-month forecast for the winter period the Met Office has said the outlook “suggests an increased risk of milder and wetter than average conditions.” The Guardian reports that last winter was the wettest [...]

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‘Government cuts increasing risk of flooding’

November 10, 2014

The risk of flooding is rising as a result of government funding cuts, according to a damning report from the National Audit Office which says the cuts are a false economy. The Guardian reports that half the nation’s flood defences have been left with “minimal” maintenance, according to the spending watchdog. Flooding devastated large parts [...]

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Government must do more to save farmland from flooding

October 25, 2014

THE Government has admitted current policy was failing to adequately protect agricultural land from flooding, according to a report in the Farmers Guardian. Responding to a report by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee on the winter flooding of 2013/2014, the Government said it was ‘concerned’ the current method for allocating flood defence funding ‘failed [...]

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Up to the minute flood map shows risk in your area

October 11, 2014

Here’s an up-to-the-minute map which will show you the flood risks in your area. The Shoothill GaugeMap is the first interactive map with live river level data from more than 2,400 Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales river level gauges in England and Wales. The extensive network of river level gauges across England and Wales covers [...]

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