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Election 2015: Green Party Manifesto pledges on Flooding

In the lead up to the 2015 General Election, Unda reviews the major political parties’ manifestos with particular focus on how they attend to address the issue of flooding if they come to power.  Pledges concerning their new build...

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BRE research making buildings more resilient to flooding

With an increase in extreme weather events which culminated in some of the most severe flooding seen in various part of the country last year, the BRE Trust (The largest UK charity dedicated specifically to the built environment research)...

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Flood damages in Europe to increase 200% by century-end

Flood damages in Europe to increase 200% by century-end. As the climate warms, flood damages across Europe are likely to be considerably higher than previously thought. According to scientists from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, extreme river floods now occurring...

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Well-designed productive woodland reduces flood risk – Forest Research and Confor

Planting productive woodland in specific areas of the UK could play a role in reducing the risk of flooding, according to a landmark report.  The study by Forest Research and trade body Confor highlights the role productive woodland can...

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Cause and effect – can the Channel Management Handbook help break the vicious cycle of flooding in modern UK farming?

Unda’s Flo Harris talks about the effects of modern farming techniques on flood risk, and how flooding in turn can impact on farming productivity in the UK. Can the Channel Management Handbook help initiate the changes required? Agriculture and...

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Unda’s analysis of the 2015 Budget Announcement: A needed boost for flood defence spending?

Budget Announcement: More than 31,000 homes and businesses will be better protected from the risk of flooding sooner. The government is bringing forward more than £140 million of the £2.3 billion six-year flood defence programme announced in December to better...

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MP’s warn ‘foolhardy’ building amplifies flood risk

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee published its 10th Report on Climate Change Adaption ( today (11th March 2014) criticising the Government for failing to tackle the priority climate risks despite its National Adaptation Programme (NAP) which is designed...

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An Englishman’s home is his castle? Provided it’s not under water.

Tougher planning controls are needed if flood insurance is to remain widely available for new homes the ABI (Association of British Insurers) said today (14 February). Of the three million new homes the Government plan to be built by...

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Flood Re – the benefits and the shortfalls

Unda’s view on Flood Re In 2011, the industry formally recommended Flood Re as a long-term flood insurance solution in the UK and after lengthy negotiations an outline agreement between the Government and the insurance industry was reached in...

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