UK Met Office: Emissions contributed to Autumn 2000 flood risk

UK Met Office: Emissions contributed to Autumn 2000 flood risk

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23 February 2011
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Greenhouse gas emissions due to human activity substantially increased the odds of damaging floods occurring in England and Wales in Autumn 2000 according to new research published in the journal Nature. 

Although the precise magnitude is still uncertain, the researchers found a 2-in-3 chance that the odds were increased by about a factor of two or more.

The study suggests that, although these floods could have occurred in the absence of human influence on climate, greenhouse gas emissions can now be blamed for increasing the odds of floods occurring at that time. >> Full text

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