10 things you need to know about the Environment Agency’s risk management plans

In preparation for a 4°C rise in global temperature, increased flooding and rising sea levels, the Environment Agency (EA) has set out a new approach to flood risk management, involving new standards for infrastructure, developments and communities. Here’s what you need to know.

The number of properties built on flood plain in England will double over the next 50 years

Climate change and population growth will put more people and property in flood plains, according to the EA. Currently 5.2 million homes and businesses are at risk of flooding, but this is set to increase under a range of scenarios.  

But building ever higher defences won’t solve the problem

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