Fen climate change flood warning

Flooding and drought will occur more and more frequently in the Fens as the effects of climate change alter weather patterns, a conference in Ely hear next week.

Flooding and drought will occur more and more frequently in the Fens as the effects of climate change alter weather patterns, a conference in Ely hear next week.

Environment Agency scientists will outline their predictions and how these will affect issues such as new houses being built, farming, nature conservation and leisure pursuits.

Experts want to hear from people who live or work in the Fens about their priorities and views on how the different pressures should be balanced.

Julian Wright, the EA's principal officer for climate change in East Anglia, said: “We're expecting warmer, wetter winters and drier summers.

“When it does rain in winter, the intensity is going to be higher and there will be more chance of flooding on the land.

“The overall purpose of the day is to try and integrate the issues we're facing and try to balance the need of wildlife with the needs of agriculture in the context of a changing climate.”

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The meeting is being held at the Maltings, in Ship Lane, from 10am - 4pm on Wednesday, March 14. It is being billed as “an antidote to climate change conferences - a chance for locals to influence policy”.

Rev Nigel Cooper, one of the organisers of the meeting, said he hoped a wide spectrum of people would attend.

Places should be booked, preferably by email, to: n.cooper@anglia.ac.uk