Large parts of southern England had their wettest January since 1910, the Met Office announced on Thursday 6 February 2014.  

Whether this year’s floods in Winchester District are caused by climate change, no-one can yet tell, but there is no doubt that increased storminess and rainfall are one of the expected effects of climate change.  

Floods and storms are more likely because of climate change.We can adapt to changes in our climate by avoiding building new homes in flood plains, by making our homes more resistant to flood water, by planting more trees and by changing how we use land upstream to hold more water. But – as David Cameron said in Parliament back in 2008 -’with climate change, [flooding events] are likely to be more frequent’. 

Official reports warn that flooding is becoming more likely because of global warming (see below). This flooding must prompt us all to cut our own carbon footprint and to demand that politicians locally and nationally take action to create a zero carbon Britain.

We know of four petitions on flood-related issues.

To find out more, come to WinACC’s meeting on creating a Zero Carbon Britain by 2030. 7.15 for 7:30 on Tuesday 11 March 2014 in the United Church, Jewry St Winchester SO23 8RZ. 

The Climate Change Risk Assessment from the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) says ’floods and coastal erosion are already serious risks in the UK, and they are projected to increase as a result of climate change’ 

In this video, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change argues that the flooding that hit England this winter should remind politicians that they must act on climate change.

The Met Office says that four of the five wettest years since records began  in 1910 have been since 2000.