The UK had the driest start to a year since the 1970s in 2022, as large parts of southern England receiving less than 50% of their normal winter rainfall. Southern England also received just 17% of its average rainfall for July, the driest since 1935.
July 2022 was the driest July in England since 1935. Combined with record breaking temperatures, we are hearing talk of a drought comparable to the great drought of 1976, with fears of disruptions to public water supply and poor crop yields.
The flood event in July 2021 in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate caused by heavy rainfall is one of the largest flood disasters in Germany for decades. The affected regions and municipalities are now facing immense challenges.
Coastal communities in three locations along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts saw record high tide flooding last year — a trend that is expected to continue into 2023 and beyond without improved flood defenses, according to NOAA.
The impact of climate change on extreme water-related events like the July 2022 floods in the U.S. is becoming increasingly evident. The storms in the U.S. followed extreme flooding this summer in India and Australia and last year in Western Europe.
CISL has published four sector-specific business briefings that outline the challenges and actions needed to implement NbS projects. The sectors include: Water, Finance, Food and Beverage, and Built Environment and Linear Infrastructure.