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Flood victims unhappy with response

20/3/14

By Simon O'Hare

Most victims of the recent UK floods are not happy with the government's response, according to a new survey.

Three out of five were not satisfied with how the government reacted to the severe weather, a poll of 1,000 adults for the Climate Coalition revealed.

And more than one in five people in the survey, which was carried out in Oxfordshire, West London, Somerset and Cornwall, said they are more worried about climate change since the emergency.

The findings were released as European leaders are preparing to get together in a bid to negotiate a new set of targets on climate change and energy for 2030.

Taking climate security seriously

Greenpeace UK executive director John Sauven said the EU summit is Prime Minister David Cameron's "first test to prove he's learned the lessons from the floods and is taking climate security seriously".

Mr Sauven said: "These floods show beyond doubt that Britain can't pull up a drawbridge to keep itself safe from the risks of climate change.

"It's time our Government got serious about pushing for real action across the UK and Europe to slash the polluting emissions that are driving more extreme weather."

He continued: "There's a whole new constituency of people, including many in Cameron's own county, who have experienced the brutal force of flooding for the first time.

"How he responds to the risks of climate change is becoming a major political issue which the Prime Minister will duck at his peril."

The effects of climate change

Oxfam campaigns and policy director Ben Phillips suggested the recent extreme weather could provide a snapshot of how climate change will affect us in the future.

He said: "Around the world, poorer people are already feeling the effects of climate change with increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather disrupting seasons and hampering food production.

"David Cameron should push the EU to be more ambitious in cutting emissions to protect people in the UK and overseas from climate change."

Meanwhile, campaigners held a demonstration in Westminster parading a mock-up of a waterlogged 10 Downing Street.


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