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Why are UK floods on the rise?

October 25, 2018 In early 2014, the UK suffered its worst rainfall in at least 248 years. Thousands of homes were flooded, causing great distress and an estimated £1.1bn in damage. And this wasn’t a one-off. The Met Office predicts global warming could make heavy summer downpours five times more likely by the end of the century. But it isn’t just the changing climate that is causing concern. The way that we are transforming the environment around us, is leaving…

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Why the California wildfires are spreading so quickly

November 12, 2018 (CNN)The three wildfires burning in California are devouring acres of land at a terrifying speed due to strong winds and extremely dry ground conditions created by climate change, authorities say. At its fastest, the Camp Fire in Northern California spread at more than a football field a second, or around 80 football fields per minute. It burned through 20,000 acres in less than 14 hours on Thursday. By Monday, it had reached 113,000 acres. Read More

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Snowmelt and Rain From Storm Georgina Cause Flooding in Southern Scotland

January 25, 2018 Storm Georgina brought heavy rain and strong winds to parts of Scotland on 24 January, 2018. Gusts up to 85mph / 136 km/h were recorded in western areas of the country. A combination of snowmelt and heavy rain caused flooding in parts of southern Scotland. At one point during the storm the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) had issued 32 flood warnings. Read More

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