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‘Alarm’ over winter flood prospects in England

‘Alarm’ over winter flood prospects in England

Science
The Environment Agency's director of flood risk management says he is "alarmed" by the prospect of further flooding across England this winter.John Curtin said there had been so much rain this Autumn, the land is saturated in many places.He is concerned that floods are going to "get worse, more frequently, more often."The three months from September have seen near-record levels of rain with 900 properties flooded across England. Mr Curtin said 21,000 homes in the current flooding period had been protected due to existing defences and operational activities."I do sound alarmed because we are in the middle of November and everywhere is saturated," he told reporters. "All the flood storage areas are full. We have to be really vigila...
Climate change: England flood planners ‘must prepare for worst’

Climate change: England flood planners ‘must prepare for worst’

Science
England’s flood planners must prepare for the worst on climate change, the Environment Agency has warned.Its chairwoman, Emma Howard Boyd, said on current trends, global temperature could rise between 2C and 4C by 2100 and £1bn a year would need to be spent on flood management.She said some communities may even need to move because of the risk of floods.The government said it would be seeking evidence for its own flood policy in the autumn.Ms Howard Boyd, launching the consultation on the agency’s flood strategy, said government policy should ensure that all publicly-funded infrastructure is resilient to flooding and coastal change by 2050. “We can’t win a war against water by building away climate change with infinitely high fl
Tropical storm Florence is a reminder that homeowners may need flood insurance

Tropical storm Florence is a reminder that homeowners may need flood insurance

Finance
Floods are the nation's most common and costly natural disaster. Yet, standard homeowners and renters insurance policies specifically don't cover that. "Your homeowners policy will cover water damage if water came from above," said Jason Hargraves, managing editor of insuranceQuotes.com. "If your house is damaged from water that comes from the ground up, you'll need flood insurance for that." In the wake of Florence, the storm which left widespread flooding and destruction across the Carolinas, it's a good reminder to homeowners of the importance of ...
How to handle the flood of GDPR privacy updates

How to handle the flood of GDPR privacy updates

Technology
Many app users' inboxes are bulging with requests to review new terms of service and privacy conditions.And it is no coincidence that so many developers have revamped their small print at the same time.In just under a month, the EU will introduce a new privacy law that gives Europeans new data protection rights and threatens giant fines for organisations that do not comply.But making sense of the new terms poses a challenge.Some companies, including Facebook, are asking members to give explicit consent to new features such as facial recognition.Others - such as Twitter, Fitbit and Yahoo - have told members that simply continuing to use their products will be interpreted as agreement to the tweaked conditions.The time-strapped public would be forgiven for thinking the easiest thing to do is...
Louvre Museum shuts down lower level as River Seine continues to flood

Louvre Museum shuts down lower level as River Seine continues to flood

World
Following weeks of heavy rain in Paris, the River Seine continues to rise -- now putting its famous Louvre Museum in danger. The water level is expected to reach 20 feet by Saturday, which is 13 feet higher than its normal height, according to the latest official weather bulletin. The rise of the water level is causing disruption to the city’s transportation system. Seven metro stations alongside the river in Paris have been shut down and will remain closed until Jan. 31, transport authorities said. The flood is also starting to affect the Louvre Museum, located next to the Seine. In a statement, France's most visited museum -- home of the Mona Lisa -- said it will close the lower level of the Department of Islamic Arts until Jan. 28. Roads and walking paths along the river have been