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Glasgow flood defences effort makes difference

A complex partnership is reaping the rewards of integrated surface water management in Glasgow. MWH programme manager, Jeremy Osborne explains

The Committee found that local authorities have not been receiving the support they need to prepare for and mitigate the impacts of flooding

Flooding: Government must change inefficient and reactive approach, say MPs

The UK Government is failing to protect communities and businesses at risk of flooding, according to a new report released today (9 June) by the cross-party Environmental Audit Committee.

The report calls on businesses to be resilient to extreme weather and to seek opportunities, where they can, from a changing climate

Environment Agency urges businesses to "seek opportunities" from climate change

A third of the climate risks identified by UK businesses are being managed within low-cost "business-as-usual" budgets, according to a new report from the Environment Agency which has addressed how businesses view the risks and opportunities presented by climate change and severe weather.

The scheme comes as a welcome announcement for homeowners in flood-stricken areas, especially in the aftermath of the extensive flood damage that devastated UK towns and villages last winter

Government offers flooding insurance to high-risk households

The UK Government has teamed up with the insurance industry to help lower the costs of insurance premiums for up to 350,000 homes in flood-hit areas across country.

Up to 8% of health care buildings in England are currently operating in flood risk zones

Government urged to prepare health systems against 'devastating' climate change effects

UK health services are currently unprepared for the potentially 'devastating' risks posed by climate change, a new coalition of leading health institutions has warned.

To help public sector organisations take more effective action on climate change, 72% wanted more support from central government and 64% wanted more budget or finance

Public sector still unprepared for floods and droughts, research reveals

Only a quarter of Britain's public sector organisations have plans in place to adapt to the impacts of climate change, such as more frequent flooding or higher temperatures, new research from the Carbon Trust has found.

Over 40,000 in Lancaster alone lost power due to the effects of Storm Desmond

Government offers financial aid for flood-hit areas

Communities Secretary Greg Clark has announced that financial assistance will be made available to areas of the UK affected by flooding in the wake of Storm Desmond.

Peatlands cover around 10% of the UK and store more than 20 times the amount of carbon as all the country's forests

Peatland protection code could cut UK emissions by 200 million tonnes

A new Government-backed code to protect and restore the UK's peatlands could reportedly cut national CO2 emissions by 200 million tonnes by 2050.

Mr Nosey weighs 30kg to prevent it from being swept away in fast-flowing water

Environment Agency reveals James Bond-esque flood-tackling gadgetry

The Environment Agency has unveiled an armoury of high-tech equipment it will use to fight the spectre of potential flooding this winter, including lasers, solar-powered cameras and a remote-controlled robot called Mr Nosey.

There are around 260,000 business units employing 3.2 million people located in flood risk areas in the UK

Environment Agency urges businesses to prepare for future floods

The Environment Agency has launched its annual Flood Action campaign, calling on businesses to prepare themselves for potentially extreme weather over the coming months.

Unexpected pollution incidents an lead to significant fines and a substantial bill for environmental remediation

Environmental pollution - is your business watertight?

Business owners and site managers need to ensure that their facilities are protected from water pollution and flooding. How will spill containment systems work in a real-life emergency? Would regulatory authorities be satisfied that containment systems are effective? David Cole from Hydro Consultancy finds out.

The Home Quality Mark has been designed to empower and enrich the quality of new residential properties

Sustainability rating scheme to promote 'healthier' UK homes

A new 5-star rating scheme is being introduced by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to help house-buyers make informed decisions about the green credentials of their homes.

As sea levels rise in line with global warming, coastal flooding could be costing nations $100,000bn a year

Sea defences not enough to protect delta cities from rising flood risk - study

Rich nations spend huge sums to keep the seas at bay but wealth may not save them indefinitely.

Flood funding in the UK should not be treated as a 'political football' by politicians

UK's future flood security threatened by political gain, says CIWEM

Flood funding in the UK should not be treated as a 'political football' by politicians.

The Environment Agency does not consult on property developments with fewer than 10 houses, meaning that 12,000 homes are being built on floodplains every year

UK failing to address climate change priorities, say MPs

Around 12,000 new UK homes are being built at flood risk every year due to a failing climate change adaptation plan, MPs have warned.

The private sector has only contributed around £40m towards flood defences since 2011

Defra faces £600m deficiency in flood defence budget

Defra is struggling to fill a £600m black hole in its flood defence spending that was expected to be filled by businesses and local authorities.

More than £245m has already been invested in flood risk management under the current Welsh Government

Wales invests £150m in new flood and coastal defences

Finance and Government Business Minister Jane Hutt will today (9 December) announce £150m of funding for flood and coastal risk management across Wales.

More than 1,400 projects will receive a share of £2.3bn to protect against flooding for 300,000 homes

Flood defence funding: Is the Government treading water?

The coalition Government has unveiled details of its latest pre-election spending commitment in the form of £2.3bn of funding for more than 1,400 new flood defence projects across the UK - but opposition parties and green groups have been quick to voice their concerns.

The Royal Society encourages all capital owners to realise the value of adapting to extreme events

Companies urged to realise true cost of extreme weather

Public and private sector organisations are being advised to report their maximum probable annual losses caused by extreme weather, compared with their current assets and operations.

Flooding Minister Dan Rogerson said the Government's flood spending had increased by 5% compared with the previous administration

Government hits back at flood risk management report

The Government has rubbished National Audit Office (NAO) criticisms that it is not allocating enough money to flooding defences.

Five million UK properties are at risk of flooding

'Insufficient funding' leaves 5 million properties at flood risk

With winter fast approaching, the UK Environment Agency has been warned that its current spending and resources are insufficient to deal with potential floods.

The Blueprint for Water coalition reiterates that dredging is only one small part of the solution to flooding

Dredging up Trouble: Government urged to resist 'playing politics' over flood prevention

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) must turn its focus away from dredging towards other proven flood-prevention measures if it wants to avoid another catastrophic winter.

Floods and droughts force EU climate action

Extreme weather conditions are forcing European Governments to reassess their climate change policies, but most countries have identified barriers to taking action, a report has found.

The Steart Marshes will protect newly constructed flood banks from erosion so that they last longer.

Government opens UK's biggest flood management scheme

The Environment Agency has today (8 September) completed the UK's biggest ever coastal realignment scheme in Somerset to protect local businesses from future flooding.

Lord Smith will step down as Environment Agency chairman in early September

Leader interview: Environment Agency chairman Lord Chris Smith

"The biggest challenge for water by a long way is the developing impact of climate change. That's going to determine everything that happens in water policy over the next 30 to 40 years."

End of the line: Extreme weather and flooding have impacted numerous rail lines and services over the past year

Network Rail ramps up weather resilience following UK floods

The rail operator is developing new weather resilience and climate change adaptation plans for all of its routes following the floods that hit numerous services earlier this year.

Protesters dumped the welly boots outside Defra's offices this morning. The boots are cast-off from Glastonbury Festival and will be recycled. Pic: Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth urge PM to 'give Owen Paterson the boot'

Hundreds of wellington boots have been dumped outside Defra's offices this morning (9 July) by Friends of the Earth campaigners calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to sack Environment Secretary Owen Paterson for his perceived failure to take climate change seriously.

Businesses with no climate change plan risk 'failure'

Businesses, particularly smaller companies, buildings and infrastructure such as transport networks, hospitals and water supplies are all ill-prepared for the extreme weather events related to climate change says a report released today.

Businesses in the south west were among the worst affected from the winter floods

Flood defence funding 'at bare minimum'

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs committee (Efra) has urged Government to ensure flood protection takes priority over cost-cutting in its winter floods report published today (17 June).

Asda has 580 stores nationwide, employing over 180,000 people

Asda reveals impact of climate change on supply chain

Climate change is having a direct impact on 95% of fresh produce stocked in Asda stores, with food sourcing, processing and transportation all facing an growing threat from environmental issues.

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Lord Smith: Extreme weather is nation's 'number one challenge'

The winter floods have highlighted the danger of building on floodplains and underlines the need to continue improving flood defences to cope with extreme climate, says Environment Agency (EA) chairman Lord Smith.

The London Assembly Environment Committee says 24,000 properties in London are at significant risk of river flooding

Reduce London's flood risk by 'reviving rivers' says Environment Committee

The London Assembly Environment Committee has today called for more impetus on sustainable drainage and river restoration to reduce flood risk.

New information system helps building developers reduce flood risk

A new EU-funded project that enables developers, builders and local authorities to minimise coastal risks, has neared completion.

Parliament must account for 'environmental costs' of HS2

The "hidden costs" regarding the environmental and health impacts of the HS2 project have been underestimated, according to London Assembly Environment Committee.

Government must improve UK's flood resilience say leading engineers

A group of the UK's leading engineers have called on the Government to help businesses and communities become more flood resilient following the recent severe weather.

Last year's record-breaking wet year in England could have cost the UK economy close to £600m

CCC: Little progress made on limiting flood risk

There has been limited progress on reducing flood risk in the UK and the rate of deployment would "have to increase by a factor of 20" if the cost effective potential is to be exploited, says the Committee on Climate Change.

Farming sector: 'time to pull plug on water waste'

Government policy must be shaped to enable farmers to better capture water "during times of plenty" to help the industry produce more food during shortages, says the NFU.

EXCLUSIVE: Humans steadily 'unplugging' own life support systems

Humans have been steadily unplugging our own life support systems, many of which are provided free-of-charge by ecological systems, according to Autodesk's head of sustainable solutions.

Developers will need to provide assurances about reservoir safety before planning permission is granted under the NIE's proposals

Proposals for Northern Ireland flood risk policy announced

Flood risk assessments will need to be submitted by developers in Northern Ireland if new initiatives by the Northern Ireland Executive (NIE) to reduce the risk of future flooding are approved.

In conversation with Aviva's Zelda Bentham

Aviva's Zelda Bentham talks to edie about what areas of sustainability the insurance company is focusing on and why climate change sceptics are "brave".

Government investment not sufficient to deal with rising flood risks

Ministers have accused the Government of not providing adequate flood defence funding in last month's spending review.

Climate change floods on the rise as central Europe lies submerged

Recent floods in central Europe are likely to increase for several reasons including climate change, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA).

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Mixed plastics waste proves hardy material for flood defence

Markets for mixed polymer waste may be opening up as a pan-European consortium proposes to manufacture high value products such as flood defences from these materials.

Upgrading Britain's infrastructure - a constructive approach to a low-carbon economy

The UK needs significant levels of new infrastructure to renew ageing facilities such as energy, transport and water management to meet future demand and help deliver a low carbon economy, says Josh Fothergill.

Nature must be 'new lens' for corporate resource security

Business needs to re-examine its relationship with nature and start integrating true resource value into operational strategies, if it is to guard against future risk.

Government flood risk fund will 'unlock UK's economic potential'

The Government is investing £294m in flood risk management this year, which will protect businesses and encourage new companies to 'set up shop', the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced today.

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Lessons must be learnt from catastrophic 1953 floods

Investment in infrastructure must be in line with the threat of rising waters in the face of climate change and increased rainfall, experts have said on the 60th anniversary of the 1953 North Sea floods.

ANALYSIS: Extreme weather forces debate on climate adaptation

Pressure is mounting on society to 'accept and adapt' following news this week from the Met Office that UK businesses are at an increased risk of flooding due to extreme rainfall.

Government pledges £120m in flood defences

The Government is investing £120m to boost flood defences to protect homes and businesses and could deliver £1bn of economic benefits, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has announced.

Kinlochleven in Scotland

Water improvement will drive Scotland's 'economic prosperity'

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on how to maximise opportunities related to improving Scotland's rivers, lochs and coastal waters.

Sustainable drainage systems resource website launched

A website that provides a variety of resources for those involved in delivering sustainable drainage systems (SUDS) was launched this week.

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Flood and drought centre of excellence opens

In a timely move, considering current UK flooding levels, the University of Leicester will tomorrow launch a centre which aims to predict the effects of climate change and assess the impacts of severe drought and flooding.

River Severn at low tide

Extra research needed into Severn barrage - green lobbyists

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has called for further research into a £30bn tidal barrage plan on the River Severn after it emerged that the Government are reconsidering the scheme.

Holding back the flood: tackling the SWMP monster

Four years ago, the Pitt Review made 92 recommendations to reduce flood risk. Richard Allitt of consultancy RAA says funding is just one limit to progress.

Flash flood warnings issued for south east

The Environment Agency (EA) has issued a number of flash flood warnings for the south east as torrential rainfall continues to cause surface water flooding.

Welsh Government allocates £9m to flood risk and fuel poverty

Wales is set to benefit from a new £9m investment which aims to reduce flood risk and tackle fuel poverty.

The stormwater system being installed at the Bridgwater site

Morrisons site looks to minimise flood risk

A stormwater system to prevent flooding has been installed during construction works of a new Morrisons packing plant in Somerset.

Environment Committee thrashes out capital's sustainability priorities

London businesses must be encouraged to reduce water consumption and switch to greener energy sources in a bid to boost the green economy and create a better quality environment in which to work.

UK digital drainage map launches

A new digital map of the UK has been launched by the British Geological Survey (BGS) in a bid to help planners, developers and local authorities reduce urban flooding.

London must prioritise sustainable infrastructure investment, says ICE

London mayor candidates must prioritise sustainable infrastructure investment and continue to invest in the capital's energy, waste, water and transport systems in order to remain globally competitive.

EA extends free flood warning service

The Environment Agency (EA) has unveiled plans to extend its free flood warning service to businesses and households at risk of groundwater flooding in Suffolk.

Survey works taking place at the Jordan River

Liverpool launches flood risk reduction trial

Liverpool City Council (LCC) has launched a new trial in a bid to tackle flood risk as part of its joint venture partnership with infrastructure and business services group Mouchel.

In its latest review, the Government has considered more creative business-led solutions to deliver new flood defences this winter

National Flood Resilience Review: Government recruits business leaders to design new defences

Defra is looking to take a cross-sector approach to protecting critical infrastructure through closer collaboration between water, telecoms and power companies, as the Government releases its much-anticipated National Flood Resilience Review.

Flood infrastructure underinvestment 'unacceptable', says CIWEM

Underinvestment in flood infrastructure is "unacceptable" even in the current economic climate, according to the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

UK energy sector 'most vulnerable' to extreme weather

The UK's energy sector is 'most vulnerable' to the affects of extreme weather events, the first comprehensive risk assessment into climate change has warned.

Flooding and water scarcity ranked as top threat for UK

Water scarcity and flooding is likely to become the main problem for the UK in the future, which will need to adapt to increase its reliance, was the stark warning from the first comprehensive climate change risk study.

Construction of the stormwater drainage system

Marley Drainage and Plumbing provides drainage for sports park

Drainage and plumbing company Marley has provided a 250 acre sporting venue in Essex with a stormwater drainage system to help reduce the risk of flooding.

Welsh Government approves flood grant

Welsh environment minister John Griffiths has agreed a grant of more than £1.3m towards a £3m flood alleviation scheme in south west Wales.

Integrated action is the solution

Repeated flooding in North Brent prompted Defra to step in and include the London suburb in a pilot study on integrated urban drainage. MWH's principal engineer, Chris Digman, and senior engineer Tony Bamford reveal what they learnt from the findings about the scourge of urban flooding

IWWE 2008 comes to Dublin

With big-name product launches, seminars on the key issues affecting the industry and the chance to network with the main players, can your business afford to miss out on this year's Irish Water, Waste & Environment exhibition?

Work with nature, not against it

The effects of urbanisation and industrialisation on the fragile balance between land and water have been known for many years. Ciwem's Nick Reeves believes a fundamental shift in attitudes and practices is needed to prevent these finite resources from irrevocable depletion.

Boscastle disaster drives flood defence

Following catastrophic flooding in Boscastle, Cornwall, three years ago, a substantial scheme of improvements is being implemented.

Time to take stock

Summer's floods highlighted the vulnerability of our water infrastructure. Sally Nash asks what lessons will be learnt.

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary May 07

Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we see the EU authorising the use of six chemicals found in pesticides, new rules on greenhouse gas emission trading in the UK, while Northern Ireland sees a host of new water and sewerage service regulations come into force.

Flood defence: Get the right product

Climate change is placing a strain on traditional drainage. But the building industry is still wrestling with the implications of having to design and construct flood alleviation systems. Michelle Fleming looks at the issues at stake.

A beacon project

A pipeline is being built, which will carry 20% of the UK's natural gas supply, to help cope with growing demand for gas. Remote locations have posed problems, writes Paul Stearnes

Modelling aids Malaysian flood control

River system modelling and flood forecasting are growing in importance in Asian water management. Abd Jalil Hassan and Md Nassir Md Noh of the Department of Irrigation and Drainage at the National Hydraulic Research Institute in Malaysia describe a recent project in the Selangor basin.

Suds: Breaking down barriers

New planning guidance will mean better landscaping as developers will have to consider sustainable drainage systems. Richard Whale, chair of EIC's Water Pollution Control Working Group, reports

Guardian of the Gateway

With 25,000 new homes being built over the next 20 years, the north Kent region of the Thames Gateway is a huge project. Tom Idle met up with Paul Williams, the man who will ensure the environment is considered at all stages of the development

Wastewater networks: Risk and service

Adam Dean of Ewan Group explores the issues and solutions in wastewater network modelling

SUDS - where there's a will...

The use of sustainable urban drainage has been limited to flood risk management. However, the EIC's Water Pollution Control Working Group believes further benefits can be provided and is publishing a paper - the SUDS Position Paper - outlining what those are. Richard Whale explains.

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (February 06)

Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we see the EU's proposals on radioactive waste shipments, flood management and noise pollution and in the UK climate change agreements for energy intensive installations.

Turning the tide

After more than a decade of investigation and negotiation, a determined builder has moved a regulatory mountain to turn a polluted old shipyard into a residential complex and marina

Intergration or inundation

Barrie Clarke of Water UK says the fear of flooding is putting pressure on planners and policy-makers to work together

Driving down flooding risks

Norman Flemming, Hyder Consulting's lead consultant for the Glasgow drainage project, reports on the stormwater masterplan for reducing floods in the area

FloodScape seeks sustainable solutions for NW Europe

FloodScape seeks sustainable solutions for NW Europe

Managing flood risk today is about more than building the traditional defences of embankments, walls and barriers. Egon Walesch of the UK Environment Agency, who is also project manager of FloodScape, explains why the role of floodplains should be revisited.

Ministers ratify agreement on the Danube and Tisza

The countries of the Danube River Basin endorsed the Danube Declaration on 16 December pledging to strengthen transboundary cooperation on sustainable water resource management within the region. The Declaration was finalised at the first ministerial meeting of the Danube River Protection Convention in Vienna.

Preparing for climate change

Jill Rankin explains how the ESPACE Project is investigating the role of planning in safeguarding our future by developing strategies to adapt to changing patterns of rainfall and increased risk of flooding.

Wising up to reality of SCP

Elaine Coles from IMS discusses whether the government's Sustainable Communities Plan is unsustainable in its present form

In deep water?

Environment Business talks to Environment Agency Thames Estuary Strategy Manager Peter Borrows about the flood risk to development in the Thames Gateway

It's been a long, hot summer

Too much rain and too much sun? Mark Shepherd of ADAS looks at ways the UK can deal with the threat of both droughts and floods after the confused weather over the past year

Think ahead to avoid failures

Martin Osborne of Earth Tech Engineering looks into the prevention, through proactive maintenance, of sewer flooding - a very common cause of water industry related pollution

The sustainable alternatives

New initiatives encouraging the use of SUDS in England and Wales

Only 5% of people living in a flood risk area say they take precautions.

Flood warnings from behind the barricades

A new 2-D modelling approach has been developed for predicting the potential inundation of low lying land behind coastal and river defences, as George Mitchell, principal engineer at the UK’s Atkins Water explains.

Fig 1: The problem- downstream flooding caused by excessive flows

Choosing a hard or soft option

Chris Williams of Hydro International looks at why hard engineered solutions should be considered as sustainable methods of solving both urban and rural drainage problems

Figure 1: Interventions in the river and floodplain currently under consideration

Living with floods: a change of strategy in The Netherlands

Frans Klijn and Jos Dijkman of WL/Delft Hydraulics describe the Dutch government's 'room for rivers' policy which aims to prevent flooding by 'building with nature.'

MPs say Environment Agency has made little progress in its first years

The Environment Agency's first three and a half years have not been as successful as hoped, concludes a Parliamentary select committee. The committee's report implicitly backs up 'green' groups' criticisms of the EA's first chairman, Lord de Ramsey, who retired last year.

Cardiff Bay, before construction of the barrage was complete

Environmental alarm bells sound over Cardiff Bay Barrage contract award

The leader of the Welsh Assembly, Alun Michael, has given Cardiff City Council the contract to manage the Cardiff Bay Barrage despite Thames Water being the preferred bidder. The council's lack of relevant experience has led to accusations that Michael has opted for management 'on the cheap'.

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