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Responding to the Met Office’s assertion that climate change is likely to be a factor in the extreme weather that has recently battered Britain, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Guy Shrubsole said:
"With thousands of households still stricken by flooding, this fresh assessment of Britain's changing climate is a warning siren that cannot be ignored.
"The Met Office is emphatic that a warming world will lead to more intense downpours, that storminess has increased and that rising sea levels will climb still further in the years ahead.
"It's clear that the best form of insurance we have against worse floods and other extreme weather threats in the future is to burn less gas, coal and oil.
"By appointing an Environment Secretary who doesn’t take climate change seriously this government has turned its back on the science and cut flood defence spending when it should be cutting emissions."
Notes to editors:
1. BBC - Met Office: Evidence 'suggests climate change link to storms'
2. Met Office report: A Global Perspective on the Recent Storms and Floods in the UK.
The report states that:
• "In southern England, January was the wettest recorded since 1910... and the statistics suggest that this was one of, if not the most, exceptional periods for winter rainfall across England and Wales in at least 248 years."
• "Sea level along the English Channel has already risen by about 12cm in the last 100 years. With the warming we are already committed to over the next few decades, a further 11-16cm of sea level rise is likely by 2030."
• "UK rainfall is increasing in intensity."
• "There is no evidence to counter the basic premise that a warmer world will lead to more intense daily and hourly heavy rain events."
• "...The current evidence does suggest an increase in storminess."
• "It is this continued run of storms that has created the exceptional flooding conditions experienced in the Somerset Levels".