Dec 8, 2015

Is climate change to blame for Cumbria floods?

Honister Rd, Whitehaven, Cumbria CA28 8HS
UK
by
Alok Jha
,
ITV
A man by Pooley Bridge in Ullswater, Cumbria surveys the damage after it collapsed following heavy flooding. Photo: Press Association
A man by Pooley Bridge in Ullswater, Cumbria surveys the damage after it collapsed following heavy flooding. Photo: Press Association

Flooding is the biggest threat that the UK faces as a result of climate change...The UK government's first comprehensive climate change risk assessment in 2012 identified that up to 3.6 million people would be at risk from floods by 2050, with financial damage increasing to £2bn-£10bn by 2080. The basic physics of why a warmer world means more floods is well-established: as temperatures rise, the air gets warmer and is able to hold more moisture. Warm, moist air is the basic material for a rainstorm, which means climate change is slowly increasing the likelihood of storms, while also making each of those storms more powerful