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IPCC Climate Change Report: Will flooding events increase?

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The IPCC have today produced the first part of its latest assessment on climate change. The first of three parts, the final two parts will follow in 2014 and focus on climate change impacts and what can be done to mitigate against them.

The leading finding in this initial report is that manmade activity is now “extremely likely” to be affecting climate change and making our planet warmer. The continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further future warming and result in changes to all aspects of our climate.

The opinions on these effects do differ with some believing that there will undoubtedly be an increase in extreme flooding events due to the melting of the polar ice caps. Warmer temperatures are likely to mean an increase in extreme weather events and we cannot ignore the extreme flooding events of the past few weeks in China, Colorado, Mexico, Philippines, Canada, Thailand and Russia.

So what does this mean for the world? We must now look at how we can build resilience into our everyday lives to mitigate the effects of our changing climate and weather patterns. Investment must be made into our communities and infrastructures to make these better prepared for extreme weather events, including flooding.

Flood mitigation solutions at both a community and infrastructure level are out there and can be retro-fitted for existing buildings and communities and easily integrated into the design of new infrastructures. Flood mitigation has come a long way since the humble sand bag and solutions are out there that require no human intervention and activate solely with the power of the flood water.

We fully support the belief that passive solutions are the future of flood defence and our built environment, providing essential long term and cost effective solutions in our changing climate.

Worth a read: Useful piece from Matt McGrath, BBC News environment correspondent on the key questions the report now raises with specific reference to flooding also http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24085062

To find out more about passive flood mitigation solutions speak to one of our team.

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