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Flooding will be Britains biggest climate risk

Post  Panda on Thu 26 Jan - 7:27

Brits Warned Flooding Set To Affect Millions

6:19am UK, Thursday January 26, 2012

Isabel Webster, west of England correspondent

Flooding will be Britain's biggest climate risk with almost
five million people to be affected over the next 100 years, a report has

Heavier rainfall predicted in a warmer atmosphere will cause more
floods, worsening damage and disruption to infrastructure and property,
it said.

The Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) found that if no further
action is taken to address climate change, the annual flood damage bill
to buildings could rise to £12bn by the 2080s, compared to the current
costs of £1.2bn.

And at-risk properties may face issues with the availability of insurance and mortgages, the report said.

The research, published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, highlights the top 100 effects of global warming and their expected impact on the UK.

This is a groundbreaking piece of research which means
we have a much better understanding now of the risks, but also the
opportunities, that climate change will bring.

Defra Secretary of State Caroline Spelman

It is the first comprehensive assessment of the risks of climate
change to Britain - and is designed to act as a planning tool for the
government, local authorities and the private sector.

The Government-funded study also predicts extreme weather events -
like the 2007 summer floods and the snowfall last year that cost £600m a
day - will increase significantly.

It projected that the number of days a year temperatures will rise
above 26C will jump from 18 days to between 27 and 121 days in London by
the 2080s, adding that the higher summer temperatures could see
heat-related deaths rise to 6,000 by the 2050s.

Other risks include an increase in water shortages, with a potential
deficit of between 773 and 2,570 million litres of water a day in the
Thames river basin - up from a shortfall of 59 million litres a day

Rising sea levels could hit natural assets such as beaches and
buildings including tourist attractions and historical monuments, with
knock-on impacts for businesses that rely on them.

The study predicts warmer days in London in years to come

But it is not all doom and gloom. Warmer winters will reduce the number of deaths caused by the cold by 24,000 by the 2050s.

The report also foresees opportunities to grow new crops as well as
to open up a new container shipping route through the melted Arctic ice,
improving trade links with Asia and the Pacific.

Secretary of State for Defra, Caroline Spelman, told Sky News, "This
is a groundbreaking piece of research which means we have a much better
understanding now of the risks, but also the opportunities, that climate
change will bring.

"And it will allow us now to develop a national adaptation plan so we
can deal with those risks and take advantage of those opportunities by
working together with everyone to deal with this challenge in the

However, critics say there are too many uncertainties to take the assessment seriously.

Lord Lawson from the Climate Change Foundation described the
predictions as "guesstimates" that are based on computer model
projections that are "wrong".

"No one knows what will happen over the next 100 years," he added.

The report's chief scientific advisor, Bob Watson, said the
assessment is "probably the best in the world" but he admitted "there
are some uncertainties".

The Climate Change Risk Assessment is the first in a series and will be updated every five years.
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Re: Flooding will be Britains biggest climate risk

Post  Lioned on Thu 26 Jan - 16:29

More scare mongering.
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