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Lord Smith: Extreme weather requires 'urgent action'

Britain must become more resilient to both drought and flooding, Environment Agency chairman Lord Chris Smith has said.

New figures from the agency show that one-in-five days saw flooding in 2012, while one-in-four days saw drought.

Mike Wilkinson, a farmer from North Yorkshire said: "My yield was down by a quarter, which financially has had a huge impact on my business."

Lord Smith said urgent action was vital to help "prepare and adapt". "We need to get better at coping with extremes."

Meteorologists fear that extremes of weather may increase as global temperatures slowly rise.

Met Office analysis has suggested that the UK could experience a severe short-term drought once a decade, similar to the drought experienced in 1976.

This interview was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday 4 March.

  • 04 Mar 2013
  • From the section UK