PM's flood recovery plans must include climate action
Commenting on David Cameron’s insistence today (Tuesday 11 February 2014) that the Government will ensure the UK recovers from the devastating weather battering the country, Friends of the Earth’s Climate Campaigner Guy Shrubsole said:
“The Prime Minister is right to pledge action to repair weather-battered Britain, but we also need an urgent plan to reduce the risk of it happening again.
“Extreme weather will become more common as climate change takes hold.
“Government advisors warn that spending is almost £500m below what’s needed to keep flood risk at current levels - putting a quarter of a million more homes at risk.
“If we want to keep the nation’s head above water we must take global warming more seriously.”
Notes to editors:
1. Committee on Climate Change: Policy note - flood and coastal erosion risk management spending.