ASC’s gloomy outlook for flood risk

Much greater investment in the UK’s flood defences will be needed suggests new research commissioned by the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change. The report looks a future projections of flood risk in the UK, alongside a number of adaptation scenarios. The study suggests that at current levels of adaptation and with a 2⁰C temperature increase, there would be a 50% increase in annual flood damages by 2080s. Greater adaptation effort would significantly reduce the risks, but would need to be “ambitious…[and]…concerted”.