A research team led by Pardeep Pall at Oxford University has presented findings indicating that floods in England and Wales in 2000, which damaged nearly 10,000 properties at an insurance cost of £1.3bn, were made significantly more likely by 20th-century greenhouse gas emissions.
The researchers found that in nine out of ten runs of their computer model the risk of the 2000 floods had been increased by more than 20% by the emissions, and in two out of three cases by more than 90%.
The full information:
'Anthropogenic greenhouse gas contribution to flood risk in England and Wales in autumn 2000' by Pardeep Pall et al (PDF) (Nature via RMS, February 2011)Additional links:
'Climate change raises flood risk, researchers say' (BBC News, 16 February 2011)
Emissions contributed to Autumn 2000 flood risk (Met Office, 16 February 2011)