UK Floods

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 28.03.2014 | 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 19.03.2014 | 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 13.03.2014 | 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 10.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

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 04.03.2014 | 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 03.03.2014 | 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 26.02.2014 | 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 25.02.2014 | 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 24.02.2014 | 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 21.02.2014 | 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...

WATCH: You Don't Expect To See This Swimming Down The Street

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK

Egham's flooded streets might be a nightmare for residents, but for one little goldfish, it was paradise. But the goldfish's bid for freedom was sh...

Brolly Good Show!

Sian Lloyd | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK
Sian Lloyd

As a weather presenter, I get to examine the latest Met Office charts so I know exactly when I'm going to need an umbrella. But which one? Over the years I've tried them all. I've tried big and small, traditional and high-tech. I've been wooed with lightweight materials, sturdy frames, hard-to-ignore colours and all sorts of other clever new gizmos.

Now That We're Using the C-Word, Let's Talk About Preventative Measures

Zion Lights | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Politics
Zion Lights

Back in the world of politics Ed Miliband has said that 'Britain is sleepwalking to a climate crisis', and while the polar vortex is gripping the States in its icy fingers Senator John Kerry has called climate change a 'weapon of mass destruction' and is due to make a speech that will apparently convince all climate deniers of the truth of the C-word.

Response to Floods Shows Public Relations Doesn't Have to Be a Dirty Word

Jonathan Welsh | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK
Jonathan Welsh

'So then, what do we do about the floods?' A question heard throughout boardrooms of businesses across the UK this past month. After one of the cruelest winters imaginable for thousands of families, big organisations were compelled to respond, not least because they too had been affected.

Climate Change, Accept the Science and Act

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK
Adnan Al-Daini

It is high time we accepted the science - climate change is real and man-made - and started to implement energy saving measures in everything we do. We need to embrace renewable energy and in so doing drastically cut our emissions of greenhouse gases.

PHOTOS: Parts of Britain Turned Into 'Waterworld'

The Huffington Post | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK

Parts of Britain have been suffering with the worst flooding that the UK has seen for many years but the rain has stopped - for now at least. This...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Were You Up For Clegg?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Tuesday 18 February 2014... 1) WERE YOU UP FOR CLEGG? Nick Clegg may be reaching out to Labour thes...

Is the Big Society Failing the Flood Test?

Zaid al-Rawni | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK
Zaid al-Rawni

While we can be grateful that we live in a country where the state can mostly respond effectively to environmental disasters, and local communities are remarkably resourceful and resilient, I can't help wondering whether some real needs are being missed... are we are missing a trick as a country if we can't find a way to capitalise on the huge appetite for voluntary action?