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Global warming poses substantial flood risk increase for Central and Western Europe

29 January 2018

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Europe is expected to see a considerable increase in flood risk in coming years, even under an optimistic climate change scenario of 1.5°C warming compared to pre-industrial levels.

A study assesses flood impacts for three scenarios – of 1.5°C, 2°C and 3°C warming – and finds that most of Central and Western Europe will experience substantial increase in flood risk at all warming levels, and the higher the warming, the higher the risk.

Source: European Commission

Image credit: Mark Robinson 2018 - The study highlights the need to prepare effective adaptation plans for a likely increase of floods in Europe