Those affected by the summer floods are being called upon to share their experiences with an independent review of the disaster to help Government improve its response to future emergencies.
While most savvy businesses are now addressing their energy usage in an effort to both help the environment and curb expenditure, water efficiency is often overlooked.
River flow increases already predicted by climate change models could be underestimating the scale of the problem, as rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere will make plants less thirsty, say scientists.
Councils should remove obstacles in the way of householders wishing to install solar panels and wind turbines and could even go as far as offering cash incentives for those who choose to do so.
Germany's Environment Ministers has called for the country's oldest reactors to be shut down immediately, ahead of the government's planned phase out of all nuclear power by 2020.
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