UK Drought

Climate Change Impacts Everything

Samantha J Smith | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Samantha J Smith

Climate change impacts everything, everywhere. It threatens to undo everything that conservation organizations like WWF have achieved over the last half-century. Both people and the natural world are feeling the effects, which are consequential and growing. Extreme weather impacts fragile ecosystems that people depend on for food and their livelihoods.

Ludicrous Farmers

Water 21 | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK
Water 21

There was an odd reaction from the National Farmers' Union (NFU) at their Birmingham Conference this week to proposals for controlled floodwater attenuation in upland farms (and elsewhere); condemning such plans as "ludicrous".

Healing the Problem of Flying Toilets: Solutions For Tackling Drought In Africa

Bidisha | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK
Bidisha

The poorest people are affected by these issues the most - in particular, women and children. Lack of water leads to the failure of crops which would be eaten or sold at market; the absence or extreme diminution of these can lead to starvation and poverty.

World Responsible Tourism Awards: A Special Year for Water Conservation

Lara Solomon | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lara Solomon

During the tourist season, Majorca needs to import water transferred by tankers from the mainland to meet demand from its 2 million visitors. The Travel Foundation explains an increase in the occurrence of droughts is now putting added pressure on popular tourist destinations such as the Caribbean islands.

Climate Change Casts a Long Shadow Over British Childhoods

David Bull | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK
David Bull

By showing strong leadership and committing its fair share of new money to the Green Climate Fund to help children adapt to the effects of climate change, the UK Government can make sure children everywhere have enough nutritious food to eat, grow up to fulfil their potential and do not pay for our past mistakes with their futures.

Mali: The Vital Role of Local Civil Society

Tony Cunningham | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
Tony Cunningham

Mali, along with several of its neighbouring countries in the Sahel region of West Africa, remains in a state of crisis. The rebel threat has not gone away, despite their withdrawal from strategic towns, and the recent fighting has increased tensions between different ethnic groups, some of whom have been associated with the rebels' cause.

'Prepare For Future Extreme Weather' Warns Environment Agency

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK

The Environment Agency has warned Britons to prepare for future extreme weather after flooding hit parts of England and Wales one in every five days l...

From Drought To Deluge: 2012's Weird Weather In Pictures

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 30.12.2012 | UK

From droughts to floods, Britain has been baked and battered with some seriously weird weather in 2012. Ushered in with snow, January lived up to ...

Global Warming: Top Firms 'Fear Climate Change'

PA | Posted 12.09.2012 | UK

Major companies are increasingly concerned that they are at risk from climate change in the face of recent extreme weather events such as drought and ...

The Sustainability Scam

Water 21 | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK
Water 21

Truly sustainable economics and widespread prosperity can only be based on the viability of the land and its soil--not on increasingly unsustainable supplies of oil.

Food Glorious Food

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 26.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

It's never possible to attribute a single event to climate change, but there's been a long-term trend of increasing frequency and severity of droughts recently. Last year, East Africa suffered the worst drought in 60 years, putting millions of lives at risk, and tens of thousands are believed to have died before aid arrived.

What African Farmers Could Teach Their American Counterparts About Drought

Terry Ally | Posted 29.09.2012 | UK
Terry Ally

The poster image of drought - the caked brown dirt and withered crops - could easily be mistaken for some part of Africa had the caption not read 'USA'. The relatives of a colleague are on the frontline of this drought - said to be the worst in half a century.

Sodden Silverstone

Mark J Daniels | Posted 07.09.2012 | UK Sport
Mark J Daniels

All I could think, as I sat in the interminable queues that lead towards Silverstone Circuit on Friday, was: "Bernie's going to be a little bit miffed."

Wet Weather Warning

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.08.2012 | UK

Britain's rain misery is set to return on Thursday with downpours and strong winds lashing the country at the end of the week. After a dry period o...

Yes, More Rain Is On the Way

PA | Posted 13.06.2012 | UK

More heavy rain and strong winds are expected to lash the country at the end of the week After a respite on Wednesday for many parts of Britain, th...

So There Is An Upside To The Rain: Hosepipe Bans To Be Lifted

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.06.2012 | UK

Hosepipe bans in place since April are to be lifted by three of the UK's biggest water companies. Thames Water, Anglian Water and Southern Water ar...

Could The Hosepipe Ban Be Lifted Sooner Than Expected?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.06.2012 | UK

The UK's biggest water company has said it could lift its hosepipe ban sooner than expected after wet weather reduced the risk of drought. Thames W...

UK Weather: Temperatures Soar As Sunny Week Continues

Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.07.2012 | UK

Temperatures across the UK have continued to soar as Britain basked in yet another day of glorious sunshine. In London forecasters said temperature...

Gambling With the Future of the Planet

Kit Vaughan | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK
Kit Vaughan

Recent science analysis predicts that we are heading for between 4- 6°C of global warming. Such rapid change in our climate system will bring about profound and in some cases catastrophic damages. This is the stuff science fiction movies are made of: Storms and typhoons will be more frequent and will kill more lives and destroy more infrastructures.

Environment Agency To Redefine 'Drought' After Unhelpful Record Rainfall

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 22.05.2012 | UK

To anyone in the UK who has looked out of the window at some point in the last six weeks, the fact many of us are still in 'drought' has been more tha...

Temporary Hosepipe Ban Reprieve For Gardening Businesses

PA | Posted 20.07.2012 | UK

Embattled gardening businesses were today granted a 28-day reprieve from the hosepipe ban. Water companies moved to relax the rules following the w...

Droughts Over... For Some

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 11.07.2012 | UK

South West England, the Midlands and parts of Yorkshire are no longer in drought following persistent and heavy rain in recent weeks, the Environment ...

'Severe' Flood Risks Issued As Heavy Rain Moves North

PA | Posted 09.07.2012 | UK

Heavy rain which prompted severe weather warnings for parts of southern England and Wales is moving north, bringing new flood risks, forecasters said....

Floody Mess - Our Drought of Comprehension

Water 21 | Posted 09.07.2012 | UK
Water 21

It turns out the Water Industry isn't really regulated in the public interest at all; but rather, for protecting a range of commercial vested interests. The concept of holistic catchment management, where capturing rainwater against dry spells should be common sense, is still not remotely the norm.

'More Areas Could Flood' Say Officials As Rain Drenches UK Yet Again

PA | Posted 09.07.2012 | UK

More localised flooding could hit parts of southern and eastern England and Wales as another band of heavy rain sweeps in, the Environment Agency has ...