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Coverack flash flooding - another Boscastle?

Intense, short-duration rainfall led to surface water flooding in the Cornish village of Coverack on 18 July 2017. Around 50 properties were flooded; road access was limited during the flooding and remains compromised.

Consultation on Flood Re deadline 16 September 2014

To try and address some of the issues surrounding Flood Re, DEFRA launched a new consultation on 22 July 2014. The consultation responses will be vital to ascertaining whether Flood Re is genuinely viable and which properties it will cover. Responses to the consultation must be submitted by 16 September 2014.  

For more information on the consultation see Squire Patton Boggs blog here.

Insurers need to incorporate climate change into their models

08.05.2014: According to a report published by Lloyd's today, to which JBA contributed a case study on flood risk in the Thames Valley, insurers need to incorporate climate change into their models.Read the full report here.

Third National Climate Assessment

The 840-page National Climate Assessment has been seen as the definitive account of the effects of climate change on America, and of the country's efforts to deal with climate change.  The report looks at what America is doing to cut the emissions that cause climate change, and to protect people from its consequences in the future.

Read the full report.

WMO Annual Climate Statement Highlights Extreme Events

"Geneva, 24 March 2014 – The year 2013 once again demonstrated the dramatic impact of droughts, heat waves, floods and tropical cyclones on people and property in all parts of the planet, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s Annual Statement on the Status of the Climate. The report confirmed that 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest on record, continuing the long-term global warming trend.

What is climate change?

A great infographic from the UK Met Office explains it all.


IPCC report 2014

The 10th Session of Working Group II (WGII-10) was held from 25 to 29 March 2014 in Yokohama, Japan. At the Session, the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (WGII AR5) was approved and the underlying scientific and technical assessment accepted. There is still great uncertainty about the impacts of climate change, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released today.

Deltares comment on Europe flood defences

If no additional steps are taken, flood damage to the European coast could increase by 11 billion a year. The number of people affected will also increase. This means that flooding has now been identified as the first of the three leading risks for Europe associated with climate change. This is one of the findings stated in the latest report from UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was published today. Researcher Laurens Bouwer of Deltares was one of the few Dutch people to be involved in writing the report.

Munich Re on floods in 2013

"Natural catastrophe losses in 2013 were dominated by floods. Detailed analyses have shown that protective measures can drastically reduce losses. For example, the June 2013 floods in Germany and neighbouring countries proved to be considerably less damaging than the flooding in the summer of 2002."