UK Floods

Here We Go Again... It's Time to Get Serious About Our Flood Defences

Simon Thomas | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK
Simon Thomas

It's time to stop idly watching the decimation of our communities, and instead look to implement a multi-billion pound, long term water management infrastructure plan that will safeguard these wet little isles for decades to come.

'Adapt and Survive': The British Establishment's Answer to the Security Threat of Climate Change

Guy Shrubsole | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Politics
Guy Shrubsole

Of course, there is no military solution to climate change. You can't resolve it with bombs and bullets. You can only solve it by ending our usage of fossil fuels, and protecting the public from the climate change impacts already in the pipeline. That is a rather different security challenge to the one usually faced by the military. But it also makes fossil fuels and the firms lobbying for them Public Enemy Number One.

Birth of a Volcano: The World Watches Iceland

Professor Dougal Jerram | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Tech
Professor Dougal Jerram

Bárðarbunga is a big volcano by Iceland standards and its starting to wake up! Where is it? Will it erupt and shut down Europe's airspace? What about the ice flood risks? The news has been rolling out different scenarios.

Britain Braced For High Winds And More Flash Floods

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK

Britain is bracing itself for high winds and more flash floods as Hurricane Bertha hits the country bringing lashing rain in its wake. The Red Cros...

How We Really Feel About Climate Change

Kirsty McCabe | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Tech
Kirsty McCabe

Here in the UK we do like to moan about the weather. We especially like to moan if it exposes flaws in preparing for said weather, such as a dusting of snow crippling London's transport networks, or inadequate clean-up operations afterwards, as experienced in last winter's near-biblical floods.

Intrepid Londoners Overcome Flooding On Commute...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK

Tube strikes, snow, more tube strikes, sweltering train carridges, or... a flooded path – for us intrepid Brits, nothing stands in our way when it c...

Massive Citizen-Powered Climate Simulation Links Winter Floods to Global Warming

The Conversation UK | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK
The Conversation UK

Britain's warm, wet winter brought floods and misery to many living across southern England, with large parts of Somerset lying underwater for months. When in January rainfall was double the expected average over wide areas, many people made cautious links between such extreme weather and global climate change.

Lower Thames Scheme Must Be Completed Within 10 Years

Adam Afriyie | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

rotecting the Thames Valley from flooding is in the local, regional and national interest. I'm optimistic this can be achieved. The prime minister has shown his support for investing in flood defences and the government's fully behind accelerating this scheme. We just need to crack on...

You Can Get To Devon By Train Easily Again

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK

David Cameron has hailed the reopening of a storm-wrecked rail line as "a great day". After weeks of work by a 300-strong team, Network Rail (NR) h...

Why Man and Not Mother Nature Is Responsible for the Winter Floods

Simon Thomas | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK
Simon Thomas

It's clear to me, and no doubt the thousands of people whose lives have been destroyed by the winter floods that it's not just nature that is to blame for the now annual flood destruction, farmers and Government must also share in the responsibility. After all, we had been warned. And repeatedly.

Could African Farmers Teach Us How to Stop the UK Floods Returning?

Guy Watson | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK
Guy Watson

Back in the UK one could blame the farmers but the real culprit is our government and their ideology of scrapping environmental regulations in the absurd belief that a free market will hold back the waters. Whether through corruption, ideological dogma or an obsession with self-serving headlines rather than finding lasting solutions, both governments fail their people.

The Floods Should Convince Ministers to Increase Home-Grown Energy

Tony Juniper | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Juniper

In the aftermath of the floods and the debate about what needs to be done to prevent similar events in future, there has been a focus on the role of farming. A lot of this has been about land use, and how water can be slowed down with trees, better soil management and wetlands...

How to Recover Your Garden After Flooding and Storm Damage

MyGardenSchool | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
MyGardenSchool

Follow our top ten tips to recover your garden after flooding if you're in this situation and we hope we can help you restore your garden to its former glory over time. Weird and wonderful things can happen to your landscape after a flood.

Every Rain Cloud Has A Strawberry Lining

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK

The wettest winter since 1766 has been good news for strawberry farmers. While heavy rain caused havoc for many farms across southern Britain, the ...

Weather: Spring On Its Way At Last

PA | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK

Weather weary Britons could bask in temperatures of up to 17C (62.6F) as a wave of high pressure sends the mercury rising this weekend. Much of sou...

Floods: Time for Some Enlightened Self-Interest From the Insurance Industry

Tom Papworth | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Papworth

Companies know whom they insure and what the likely risks are. If we can predict flooding sufficiently far in advance, isn't there an opportunity for private insurers to apply the old adage that prevention is better than cure?

Mebyon Kernow, the Party for Cornwall, to Make the Case for a Cornish National Assembly

Rob McNamara | Posted 01.05.2014 | UK Politics
Rob McNamara

On Wednesday, Mebyon Kernow will launch a White Paper outlining the case for Cornish devolution and the creation of a Cornish National Assembly...

Flooding Is Bad News for People and Wildlife, But Science Can Provide the Answers

Philip Blaen | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK
Philip Blaen

There has been an exceptionally high number of storms in the UK since the start of December. With more rainfall on the way this is already the wettest winter ever recorded, and in line with what is expected to become more common with climate change...

Innovation: Communication and Inspiration in the Organisation

Hugh Salmon | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

The overarching theme of this blog is to show that better use of the skills and creativity of the UK advertising and communications sector would benefit society as a whole as well as business... But even I admit that, with all the creativity in the world, none of us could stop the floods which have dominated our media landscape.

What We Can Learn About Floods From Developing Countries

Dr Kate Crowley | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK
Dr Kate Crowley

Type the phrase "good in a crisis" into Google and you get 1.8 million hits. Search for "good at preventing crises" and you get just sixteen. It's a sad fact that - whether as individuals or as nations - we spend infinitely more time, energy and money dealing with problems than we do preventing them.

Floods Could Be Linked To Climate Change, Experts Warn

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK

The recent storms that have battered Britain could be linked to climate change, leading Met Office scientists have warned. An open letter, signed b...

The Week In 50 Funny Tweets

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Comedy

It's awards season! Yes, from the red carpet glamour of the Winter Olympics to the Best Supporting Luger award at the Batfas, this week was all about ...

'Seven Years Of Erosion In Just Two Months'

PA | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK

Treasured coastal spots have suffered years-worth of erosion and damage in just a few weeks or even hours as a result of the wild winter storms, the N...

Never Waste a Good Crisis

Mary Portas | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK
Mary Portas

With a lot of our rail infrastructure and most of Somerset under water, not to mention water levels continuing to rise across Britain it is fair to say we are in the midst of a national crisis. He might not be in the top ten list of people I love in retail, but when former Tesco CEO Terry Leahy spoke about the occasional difficulties brands have - from local service problems to major outage and inconvenience - his catchphrase was "never waste a good crisis". It stuck with me and comes to mind now; not least because I love a paradox. The idea of a major problem being an opportunity is a tough one for executives to grasp whilst it's all happening.

PHOTOS: Flooding Then And Now - Rainwaters Start To Recede

Huffington Post UK | Elliott Wagland | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK

The misery for flood-hit communities is far from over as the easing of the rains means the water levels are finally receding. Roads are now visibl...