In Britain, residents in flood-hit Oxford have held a protest to voice their frustration about a lack of action against climate change. This as the country’s worst flooding for more than 60 years continues to force evacuations. There is a warning that waters have not stopped rising in the Thames Valley. One protester in Oxford said: “We need action both in this country and internationally to address climate change.” Another protester said: “These events, the scientists say, are going to become more common, because of climate change, so we want to see some signs of action on trying to tackle it.” Hundreds of thousands of homes are still without fresh water in the west of England, though flood waters are now receding in Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been visiting affected areas, amid warnings that parts of south Oxfordshire and Berkshire are still at risk. He said: “I want to see the water works getting moving again very quickly. I’m interested to know how we are moving the civil engineering effort there. But in the meantime we will get more tankers in, we will get more Bowsers in, we wil get more regular filling of them and at the same time more bottled water will be provided.” The peak of the flood is expected to reach towns in Buckinghamshire and Surrey later in the week. The historic towns of Windsor, Eton and Maidenhead are hoping they will be protected by flood defences.
Global warming on the minds of flood-hit Britons