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UK flooding problem predicted to get worse

UK flooding problem predicted to get worse

Climate change is making extreme rainfall more common, while more UK homes are still being built on floodplains, causing even worse flooding in the future. Click here to read the full story.

In February, the UK Environment Agency warned that if global temperatures continue to rise in line with current trends, the UK will need to spend £1 billion a year to adequately protect homes from flooding.

While the risk of heavy flooding is becoming more frequent – the Met office logged 17 record-breaking rainfall months since 1910, with nine of them since 2000 – the UK remains reliant on flood defence systems to limit its impact. A June 2019 analysis by Flood Re, a scheme set up by insurers and the government to cut the cost of property cover for people in flood-prone areas, showed that inland flooding would cost the entire country almost three times more on an annual basis without defences – £1.8bn rather than £700m.

For more information on how Green Motion customers in the UK and worldwide help to combat climate change through our carbon offset initiative, the Green Heart donation, visit greenmotion.com/green-heart-donation.