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Catastrophe drill to test emergency servicesGuardian Unlimited | 07 Mar 2011
Exercise Watermark will involve 10,000 people from police to prison officers in testing emergency flood response. Flash floods will drown London and Yorkshire, a major reservoir will blow out in Derbyshire, rivers will burst their banks from the Thames valley to Wales and a tidal surge will swamp the east coast in the armageddon scenario underpinning Britain's biggest ever civil emergency exercise.
Greenhouse gases linked to floodsYahoo! News | 16 Feb 2011
Man-made greenhouse gases have increased the risk of flooding in the UK a groundbreaking report has claimed.
Floods linked to manmade climate change: studiesReuters | 16 Feb 2011
Man-made greenhouse gas emissions are linked to more frequent heavy rainfall, two studies published found on Wednesday, portraying a clearer human fingerprint after a spate of floods around the world.
Floods linked to manmade climate change: studiesYahoo! News | 16 Feb 2011
Man-made greenhouse gas emissions are linked to more frequent heavy rainfall two studies published found on Wednesday portraying a clearer human fingerprint after a spate of floods around the world.
1,000 flood defence schemes lack fundingGuardian Unlimited | 09 Feb 2011
Number of schemes receiving money down from 1,500 to 356, with major projects in Leeds, Thirsk and Morpeth hit. The potential impact of the government's cuts to flood defence spending across England was laid bare on Wednesday, with major projects in Leeds, Thirsk and Morpeth having their funding...
Flood defence spending: Where are the gaps?Guardian Unlimited | 20 Jan 2011
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, that is the government's cuts to flood and coastal defence spending. I need your help to reveal the impact the cuts will have on new defences because, as it stands, just weeks from the new financial year, no-one knows. Below, I'll relate the farcical example of the funding for the proposed coastal defences in Felixstowe town and how the Prime Minister, David Cameron, appears to be more worried by flooding abroad than at home.
Flood defences: not waving but drowningGuardian Unlimited | 09 Dec 2010
First big budget cuts to flood defence spending were spun as 'broadly the same' - now ministers want communities that offer to pay part of the bill to be favoured. Not waving but drowning. But David Cameron's put-down to Ed Miliband last week is, I think, rather better suited to describing Defra's flood defence policy.
Weatherwatch: Floods and fireGuardian Unlimited | 07 Dec 2010
Last week saw flooding in many different parts of the globe. In Australia, Melbourne was hit by storms on Wednesday, with Melbourne airport receiving 30mm of rainfall in just 30 minutes. There was widespread flooding in New South Wales over the weekend. Many people were evacuated from their homes in Wagga Wagga and Coonamble, with flooding on the Castlereagh and Murrumbidgee rivers expected to peak yesterday.
Northern Europe freezes, Cyprus in droughtReuters | 01 Dec 2010
Heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures disrupted road, rail and air transport in many parts of northern Europe on Wednesday while the Mediterranean island of Cyprus suffered in the heat after its driest November in more than a century.
Cancún climate talks are vital to the UKGuardian Unlimited | 01 Dec 2010
As representatives from almost 200 countries meet in Cancún, Mexico, this week to discuss a global deal on reducing emissions, last month's floods in Cornwall reminded us at home why this is such an important goal. Visiting Cornwall I saw for myself the devastating damage the flooding caused to...
Climate change could push staple food prices up 130% - studyGuardian Unlimited | 01 Dec 2010
Report warning comes as many countries fear instability caused by rising food prices and shortages. Climate change could lead to shortages and punishing 130% price rises in staple foods within our lifetime, raising the spectre of riots and civil unrest, a new study warned today. The report, by the...
How to spin a £616m cut on flood defencesGuardian Unlimited | 24 Nov 2010
The prime minister said spending is broadly even, the environment secretary said there's an 8% cut, the environment agency said the cut is 27%. What's going on? Sometimes, dear reader, I have to do things so you don't. In this case it was literally to give myself a headache trying to work out what...
Thousands of new trees for flood-hit CumbriaGuardian Unlimited | 19 Nov 2010
Cumbria's natural flood defences shored up with tree-planting campaign. Thousands of trees are being planted on land hit by last year's floods in Cumbria to help provide "natural" flood protection in the future, the Woodland Trust said today. Around 2,000 locally sourced native species of tree are...
Cornwall flooding: villagers' storiesGuardian Unlimited | 17 Nov 2010
Leo Hickman speaks to Lostwithiel residents affected by the worst flash flood to hit the Cornish town in living memory. A lone silk shoe lies abandoned in the inch-deep brown slick carpeting the floor at Fantasia Bridal on Queen Street. The sign above the rack of muddied wedding dresses still...
In praise of... Sunderland PointGuardian Unlimited | 16 Nov 2010
Choosing what to protect of Britain's vulnerable coastline is a difficult balancing act. Choosing what to protect and what to try to save from the stormy waters around the British coast is an invidious task. Sunderland Point (that's Sunderland, Lancashire, not Sunderland, Tyne and Wear) is typical...
Video | Pakistan floods: Refugees in KarachiGuardian Unlimited | 08 Oct 2010
Declan Walsh travels to a former rice warehouse in Karachi that is acting as a temporary home for refugees left homeless by last month's floods. With low food supplies, poor sanitation and reports of corruption in the compensation system, the provincial government is struggling to provide for the victims.
Defence plans for flood-hit townBBC World Service | 29 Mar 2010
About £11m is to be invested to protect more than 500 homes in a Cambridgeshire town hit by floods.
Town flood risks over the centuryBBC World Service | 17 Feb 2010
A public meeting will see a study of how climate change could affect a town over 100 years and how people can respond.