Large parts of southern England had their wettest January since 1910, the Met Office announced on 6 Feb 2014.

WinACC's statement on floods and climate change n Winchester 14 Feb 2014

David Cameron’s statement on the UK storms and flooding 11 Feb 2014 

Lord Stern's response to the recent flooding 14 Feb 2014 

Dame Julia Slingo (Chief Scientist at the UK Met Office) told Sky News: Climate change is almost certainly to blame for the severe weather that has caused chaos across Britain in recent weeks, the Met Office's chief scientist has said.

Oxfam research shows that poor areas are much more likely to flood.

And finally - not climate change related specifically - the Government's overall position on flooding

There have been a flurry of petitions, so send us any you like and we will list them here so that you can all choose which (if any) you want to sign.

AVAAZ to David Cameron: As concerned citizens, we urge you to live up to your claim to lead the "greenest government ever" by supporting a 50% target to reduce carbon pollution by 2030. Scientists say the extreme floods happening now are being fueled by climate change. We must move beyond quick fixes and get to the root cause of the problem with deep cuts to our pollution. Europe will set its targets in the next month, your leadership now can bring hope from the floods and set the pace for others to put us on course for a clean, dry and safe climate future.

FoE to David Cameron: I ask that you commit to protect the country from future flooding by ensuring flood defence investment is in line with the risk posed by climate change - and stop making the problem of climate change worse by giving handouts to oil and gas companies.

GREENPEACE to David Cameron Dear David Cameron,  Having a climate change denier with responsibility for climate change is absurd, yet environment secretary Owen Paterson has ignored scientific advice linking flooding with climate change and slashed climate change spending in his department.  We can’t afford to have a climate change denier in such a position of responsibility. 

Stop Climate Chaos to David Cameron: The UK is enduring the worst floods for 200 years and leading scientists agree that they are climate-related. At the same time, Europe is setting climate targets for the next two decades. If thousands of us send David Cameron and Nick Clegg a message, they can push for the ambitious action that the world needs. The EU climate deal is a big deal. It will shape Europe's carbon emissions and renewable energy development until 2030, and, if strong enough, could unlock global ambition.  Civil society, scientists, businesses and European citizens agree - we need strong climate laws to stop the worst impacts of climate change and to unlock green jobs and economic growth. The changing climate is already having an adverse effect on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities, on wildlife and the natural environment. Cameron and Clegg have the power, and responsibility, to make sure Europe ups its game - so let's call on them to deliver.

38degrees to David Cameron: Dear Prime Minister, Instead of ditching vital Foreign Aid like the Daily Mail petition suggests, why not cut the billions spent on the UK's fossil fuel subsidies and use the money for the relief of flood victims? Why is this important? The Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee says that we are spending £12 billion a year on energy subsidies - more than what is spent on Foreign Aid. The vast majority of these subsidies go to the already massively profitable fossil fuel and nuclear industries. In 2012, Shell alone reported profits of £18 billion. These fossil fuel subsidies are widely recognized as being a massive hindrance in dealing effectively with climate change, and climate change is increasing the intensity and frequency of the extreme weather events that have created so much misery in the UK through flooding. Ending fossil fuel subsidies would not only free up money that could be used to assist the victims of flooding, it would also be addressing the conditions that are making the floods so much worse. In November 2012 George Osborne signed a communiqué in Mexico City, alongside other G20 finance ministers, which promised to “rationalize and phase-out over the medium-term inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption”. Now would be the perfect time to start.



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