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Environment / Flooding


6 September 2017

Hurricane Harvey: A tragedy made far worse by capitalism

In the following article Socialist Alternative members (US co-thinkers of the Socialist Party) report on the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey and the failure of establishment politicians and capitalism to prepare for such increasing extreme weather events

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5 April 2017

Name and shame the worst behaviour by housing associations

Which association has the most overpaid chief executive? The worst record on maintenance? The poorest relationship with its staff? The recently formed Housing Associations Workers and Residents Network (HAWRN) has announced an 'alternative' housing awards ceremony.

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6 January 2016

Carlisle Socialist Party's action plan on floods

Immediately following the floods, Carlisle Socialist Party drew up the outline of an action plan to prevent future disasters.

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6 January 2016

Profit system exacerbates flooding

The flooding over Christmas has been some of the worst in recent memory. Fingers are rightly being pointed to the cuts the Tory government has made to flood defence spending, as well as to the emergency services.

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6 January 2016

Fight the flood of cuts

Parts of northern England, north Wales and Scotland were hit by severe flooding over the holidays. Yet this was not simply a natural disaster. Government cuts to flood defences made the problem worse.

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9 December 2015

Capitalism's climate change policy failure

What is a long-term answer to the problem of flooding? First and foremost, this means tackling the root causes of climate change by switching to renewable energy, which could reduce the intensity of weather events, such as storms and floods.

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17 September 2014

Climate change: "We're running out of time"

Hundreds of thousands of people in the USA are expected to protest outside the UN climate change summit in New York on 23 September to demand serious and immediate action to avert an environmental catastrophe

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10 June 2014

After the Floods: Over 800 attend Spelthorne public meeting

Spelthorne residents, many of whom had been victims of the flooding, expressed anger towards the panel of 'experts'

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19 February 2014

Floods reveal rottenness of government cuts

Climate change policy failure: Commenting on the most exceptional period of rainfall since records began 248 years ago, the Met Office's Chief Scientist, Julia Slingo, has said that "all the evidence suggests there is a link to climate change"

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photo Chris Moore

19 February 2014

Floods chaos: End cuts now!

The misery continues. On Tuesday there were still 118 flood warnings and 166 flood alerts. Four people have died. Thousands of houses and properties are under water. Sinkholes also pose a threat.

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12 February 2014

Floods misery: Government cuts to blame

While thousands of homes and shops are waist deep in toxic water, and flooding hits new areas, government ministers indulge in a blame game

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28 January 2014

Floods: fully-funded environmental planning needed

Residents in Somerset still find their homes underwater four weeks after the initial floods.

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11 December 2013

Floods: "Daddy, there's water on the floor"

Health workers and Socialist Party members Liz and Keith had their homes flooded out on 5 December in Rhyl, north Wales

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Flooding in the centre of Gloucester, 2007, photo Chris Moore

28 November 2012

Flooding tragedies - Socialist action needed to tackle climate change

While some of the worst storms and flooding in recent memory hit parts of Britain, UK climate change secretary Ed Davey was in Doha for the latest in the series of toothless United Nations Climate Change conferences

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Trade Union Rights Campaign Pakistan (TURCP) appeal, photo TURCP

17 August 2010

Pakistan Flood disaster: Appeal for workers' solidarity

The Progressive Workers Federation (PWF) and Trade Union Rights Campaign Pakistan (TURCP) urge all our brothers, sisters and comrades in the international trade union movement to show their solidarity...

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24 November 2009

Flood chaos in Cumbria

ONLY FOUR years after devastating floods forced thousands from their homes across the county, the heaviest rainfall on record brought rivers crashing over their banks and through people's homes, writes A Cumbrian resident.

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2 October 2008

Cuts and privatisation threaten new floods

TWO YEARS after they were first flooded, Gloucester residents Martin Ison and Tina Spiers are still cramped into the upstairs of their house while below reeks of damp and looks like a building site, writes Chris Moore, Gloucestershire.

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6 December 2007

Feature: The free market brings fire, flood and famine

Socialist planning needed: Yet the IPCC also points out that annual spending of less than 1% of world gross domestic product would be enough to stop global warming...

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24 August 2007

Thousands march in Tewkesbury

THOUSANDS OF flood victims in Tewkesbury, the epicentre of Gloucestershire's mini-Katrina, joined last week's march called by the town council... By Chris Moore

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9 August 2007

Floods: Profits rise, workers pay

Flood waters have subsided in most areas and electricity has been restored. Running water has been returned to most homes in the county, but we can't drink it, wash-up in it nor clean our teeth with it yet... By John Ewers, Gloucestershire Socialist Party

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