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Climate impacts laid bare as Europe’s flood waters ease

Europe's flood waters

Two museums had to close and artwork moved to safety as the River Seine burst its bank. Creative Commons: 2016

As Europe reels from flooding, which submerged streets, closed schools and saw thousands evacuated, EU leaders are reminded of the threats of climate change to the continent.

18 people were left dead and thousands more stranded as flash floods broke river banks, across Europe.

In France, the Louvre and Orsay museums were shut as flood waters in Paris peaked over six metres above normal levels, while 5,000 people were evacuated, over 20,000 homes were left without power, and an estimated €1 billion in damages were caused across the country.

Experts have been quick to connect this latest extreme weather event to climate change, and now, a new report from E3G warns that if left unmanaged, the frequency of such events could bring untold security threats, human losses and economic disruption to Europe.

As leaders look to refresh its approach to security, the report warns that the EU has “no security without climate security”.

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