From Drought to Flood: Should the way we farm Britain's landscape change in the face of a changing climate?

Friday, August 5, 2016 - 16:15
Britain is struggling in the face of extreme weather. In recent years we have seen months of drought and record heatwaves. 
Torrential rainfall has caused devastating floods, wrecking homes, farmland and livelihoods. Scientists warn that there could be worse to come. 
But deciding exactly how to protect ourselves and the environment from a changing climate has raised many controversial questions. 
Do forested hills and meandering rivers provide more protection than concrete flood defences? Could changes in agriculture help hold back the floods and if so, who should pay for a less intensive farming system? And should farmland and food production be sacrificed to protect houses on flood plains?
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