Times claims new research says the increase in flooding in
Britain in recent times is due to urban expansion and population
growth, rather than climate change.
According to the piece, this "does not agree" with
warnings from scientists that climate change can be linked to
recent flooding. But a quick look at the science shows a
combination of land use and climate change is upping the risk of
flooding in the UK.
The Times story is based on a new
study from the University of Southampton. The number of
reported flooding events in the UK grew between 1884 to 2013,
according to the research.
But although the number of reported floods went
up, it's mainly down to more people being exposed, the authors tell
us. During that time, the population grew from 38.2 to 59.1
If you remove the effect of population rise, there's no longer a
clear increase in the number of reported flooding events, the
report suggests. This is presumably where the Times draws its
conclusion that the new research "rules out a link between
last year's winter flooding and climate change".