"While we would not want to attribute every extreme weather event to climate change - the pattern is building and the costs are rising - the human costs and the financial costs. The costs of the 2012 floods here in the UK could easily top £1bn." So said UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey in a speech to the Royal Society, but do we trust the government to tranlate his words into action? Will they spend the money needed to provide adequate flood defences? (I've read that £1 spent = £8 saved in damages, but I wonder if that's true? The figure can't be the same for all places? I wonder how Wales rates - expensive, low/high priority politically???ther expensive to defend or its low on the priority list for political reasons?)

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