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Thames flood: army and Environment Agency’s response leaves locals divided

Guardian: Neil Lemon stood at the end of his back garden and shrugged his shoulders. "Nervous? No, not really. Well not with that there," he said, nodding at the glistening steel barricade that had materialised on a nearby patch of grassland bordering the Thames. Through the night and during Saturday morning, soldiers from the Gurkhas and the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment had erected the barrier in a race to save Penton Avenue, in the Surrey town of Staines. This is the frontline in the battle with the swollen...

Half-million homes at risk are not covered by flood scheme

Guardian: Almost half the homes deemed at serious risk from flooding will not be covered under the government's new flood insurance scheme because officials have decided to omit the future impact of climate change. As the cleanup continues on coastlines inundated by the worst tidal surge for 60 years, it has emerged that the government's flood insurance deal, Flood Re, is likely to cover just 500,000 homes. Yet the government's owncomprehensive Climate Change Impact Assessment reveals that, when factoring...

United Kingdom: Middle England and the eco-warriors say victory is theirs in the battle for Balcombe

Guardian: Some had travelled the length of the country, determined to fortify the new frontline in the ongoing struggle to shape Britain's future energy supply. By Saturday, hundreds of protesters had convened in a camp straddling the B2306 outside the village of Balcombe. Many are prepared to dig in for what has been described as a six-day campaign of "civil disobedience". Few aligned to the burgeoning No Dash For Gas anti-fracking coalition are contemplating anything other than victory, an assessment...

United Kingdom: Battle for soul of the Lakes pits unspoilt nature against the lure of more jobs

Guardian: From the soaring crags of Scafell Pike to the black depths of Wastwater, the Lake District is one of Britain's most beguiling destinations. Yet its landscape is now at the centre of an increasingly fractious dispute between those who insist that preserving the pristine qualities of the fells is the best blueprint for economic development and a group who say that new developments in the area would create more jobs and growth. Britain's best-known mountaineer, Sir Chris Bonington, fired the first...

United Kingdom: Great northern mop-up begins after a month of rain falls in just one day

Guardian: Northern England began mopping up after a month's rainfall falling in 24 hours saw waist-high water flowing down streets and families forced to flee their homes. Cumbria bore the brunt, with almost 10cm of rain overnight on Friday. Scores of homes were evacuated in Croston and Darwen, near Chorley in Lancashire, after rivers burst their banks, while people had to be rescued from their homes by boat in Wigan. Those flooded out should be able to recoup the cost of temporary accommodation, according...