Worse floods ahead for UK as climate warms, say scientists

Heavy and prolonged rainfall will cause both more frequent and more severe flooding across the UK, scientists warn. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Source: The Guardian

Airborne corridors which carry huge volumes of water, are set to get larger, causing more catastrophic floods

Heavy and prolonged rainfall will cause both more frequent and more severe flooding across the UK and the rest of north-west Europe as the atmosphere continues to warm, say British and American scientists

The study of these “atmospheric rivers”, published in Environmental Research Letters, pins the blame for the increasing flood risk firmly on man-made climate change and says the same problem will afflict other parts of the planet.

The researchers describe how atmospheric rivers carry vast amounts of water vapour around the Earth, delivering heavy and prolonged rainfall, particularly to mountainous areas. They were responsible for the protracted winter and summer floods in the UK in 2012, which caused an estimated $1.6 billion (£1 bn) in damage.

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