River floods are among the costliest natural disasters worldwide, causing annual damages of more than $100 billion
This June 9, 2013 file picture shows an aerial view the city of Deggendorf, Germany flooded by Danube river. Scientists say climate change is affecting the timing of river floods across Europe, with the biggest shifts seen along the Atlantic coast. (Wolfram Zummach/Keystone via AP, file), photo: Keystone/Wolfram Zummach, via AP
10 of August 2017 19:58:28
BERLIN – Climate change is affecting the timing of river floods across Europe and societies may have to adapt to avoid future economic and environmental harm, scientists said Thursday.River floods are among the costliest natural disasters worldwide, causing annual damages of more than $100 billion. They affect millions of people each year because many towns and cities are built along rivers.Examining flood data across a 50-year period, researchers found significant shifts in timing along the Atlantic coast of western Europe from 1960 to 2010.According to a paper published in the journal Science, half of the measurement stations from England to Portugal showed floods were occurring on average at least 15 days earlier by 2010 compared to a half century earlier.