How the future could resemble the past

Britons are normally never more comfortable than when talking about the weather, but recent extreme weather events have begun to test that theory. Since December, the United Kingdom has faced a relentless assault from some of the worst winter weather on record. It began with the worst storm and tidal surges in 60 years hitting the North Sea coastline, floods that ruined Christmas for thousands across Surrey and Dorset, and in January, the most exceptional period of rainfall since 1766. The deluge has transformed swathes of southern England into cold, dark lakes, destroying homes and businesses.

Extreme weather is the cause of many damaged areas throughout the world. Britain is experiencing an uptake right now with devastation sweeping the nation, however, in countries such as America their weather forecasting shows various states being covered in extreme weather conditions like heavy snow, fires, flooding, to name a few, on a consistent scale. So with damaged homes and businesses in mind, the use of residential restoration services, relief funds, rescue organizations, etc. are used to help communities pull back from the damaged cause after extreme weather conditions, but the after-effects can still be felt for many years afterward with governments helping a good amount or very little in the face of it.

However, with this being said, the role of helping does not extend to the government sector alone. If one may have noticed, in other developed countries like Canada, even the private sectors (like this Concrete Raising Kingston company, for example) have started extending their hands to homes that require immediate help after they have been affected by natural disasters like floods, earthquakes, and so on. The sooner that work like this has been completed, the less damage will be to one’s home, which is very important. The more people that can help, the better.

Politicians have looked weak in the face of such natural disasters, with many facing criticisms from local residents for doing little more than turning up as “flood tourists” at the site of disasters, incapable of helping those in crisis, and only there for a photo opportunity. The Environment Agency, the body responsible for combating floods and managing rivers, has also been blamed for failing to curb the disasters. But there’s an ever larger debate over the role of climate change in the current floods and storms, and it has been unremittingly hostile.

Politicians have looked weak in the face of such natural disaster, with many facing criticism from local residents.– Julia Slingo, ETF

For those affected by flooding, however, their immediate concerns are not necessarily about the manmade changes to the earth’s atmosphere. A YouGov poll from February found that while 84% of those surveyed believed Britain was likely to experience similar extreme weather events in the next few years, only 30% thought it was connected to man-made climate change. Politicians have looked weak in the face of such disaster.

There is no evidence to counter the basic premise that a warmer world will lead to more intense daily and hourly rain events. When heavy rain in 2000 devastated parts of Britain, a later study found the climate change had doubled the chances of the flood occurring, said Julia Slingo.