Flooding is a clear and urgent climate change risk
Yesterday (12 July 2016), the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the government’s climate advisers, warned that the UK must address a number of urgent risks due to climate change, including flooding.
The report identifies flooding, heat waves, water shortages, damage to nature, food insecurity and pests as the major risks which require immediate action.
These could result in many problems for the UK by the middle of the century, including damage to vital infrastructure, an increase in mortality rates, higher food prices and disease.
In some cases, the risks are already relevant today, says the report by the government’s advisory body.
The report was prepared by the CCC’s Adaptation Sub-Committee, as a requirement of the 2008 Climate Change Act.
This requires the government to assess the risks and opportunities of climate change relevant to the UK every five years and present a report to parliament.
Yesterday’s report contains the evidence that will inform the government’s second climate change risk assessment, which must be presented in 2017. The government is then expected to release its second National Adaptation Programme by the summer of 2018.
It also takes into account existing adaptation actions and international threats, alongside projected demographic and economic changes, to paint a full picture of the risks posed by climate change in the UK in decades to come.
Dealing with flood damage
With climate change forecasted to result in more floods and damage to infrastructure, we need to be even more ready to deal with the problem.
In the event that you experience flood damage in the home, or at your business premises, your best course of action is to seek the advice of flood damage restoration experts, like Rainbow International.
They will be able to return the property to its pre-incident condition as quickly as possible, minimising secondary damage, efficiently and effectively, with the minimum of disruption.
Flood clean up and flood damage restoration is a process that can have serious consequences for the structure and integrity of your property, if the operation is not handled by experts in flood damage management.
Disaster recovery and specialist commercial cleaning experts, Rainbow International, have over 70 branches across the UK, Contact them now to access their 24 hour helpline and find your local branch or find your local branch on their website by simply typing in your postcode.