Editorial: Failure to heed flood risk will be a disaster

It is occasionally said that the human race is sleepwalking into oblivion. If ever a wake-up call was needed, then the Office of Science and Technology's report on the risk of flooding in the UK is it. Global warming has made flooding disasters inevitable and the number of people at risk could be as high as 3.6 million within 80 years - a comparatively short timescale when it comes to climate change and the lifespan of the planet.

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