Flooding: Govt to review flood risk data

8th December 2015

Responding to Environment Secretary Liz Truss’s announcement today that the Government is reviewing its flood risk data following the devastating floods in Cumbria over the past few days, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Guy Shrubsole said:

“Liz Truss’s concession that UK flood projection data need to be revisited is a clear sign that officials are seriously concerned that climate change is increasing the risk of flooding far higher than expected.

“Weak pledges of climate action from this government and others in Paris means the world is on course to exceed two degrees of global warming, leading to catastrophic climate change.

“Yet the government’s flood defence plans are predicated on a two degree rise.

“The choice is simple. Either David Cameron must ensure tougher action on emissions at home and globally, or commit hundreds of millions of pounds more to flood defence.”


Notes to editors:

1. Liz Truss stated to the House of Commons today that in the light of this extreme weather, DEFRA is going to have to look at flood modelling and see if it is fit for purpose. This followed reports that David Cameron asked COBRA this morning whether there needs to be “adjustments” in relation to flood planning following the unprecedented rainfall and river levels experienced in Cumbria over the weekend.

2. The Environment Agency stated in its 2014 Long Term Investment Scenarios for flood defence that an extra £300million of investment would be needed to defend the UK against a ‘high emissions climate change’ scenario. The government’s current spending plans do not include sufficient funds to do this.

3. Climate Action Tracker states that emissions pledges at Paris mean we are on course for at best 2.7C of global warming.

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