While the United States suffers a widespread drought, the United Kingdom is being deluged by floods with more rain on the way.
Flooding in the UK may get worse as the effects of climate change increase, according to a report the nation's climate change advisory panel. By 2035, the agency warned that 610,000 homes could be at risk of flooding, reported Reuters. Taking action now to improve flood defenses could reduce the number of properties at risk to 160,000.
"We must take adaptation more seriously if we are to manage the growing risks of floods and droughts," said John Krebs, the chairman of the UK climate change advisory panel, in Reuters. "This can be done by investing more in flood defenses, faster rollout of water meters and giving serious consideration to where and how we build our housing and infrastructure."
Properties in flood plains are likely to see some of the worst flooding, but according to the report, construction in these areas has increased by 12 percent during the past 10 years.
Other industrialized nations could suffer from increased flooding in the future. Across the pond in New York, storm surges inundated the city last year after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee swept through in August and September. A study in Nature Climate Change warned that surge flooding in the Big Apple may increase as storms become more intense and the oceans rise higher.
A flooded street in Oxford, UK (John Barker, Wikimedia Commons)