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New report praises flood protection and air quality

PUBLISHED: 15:13 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:27 01 July 2010

CLIMATE change is our major environmental challenge and its impacts will increasingly affect the way we all live our lives, a report has warned. A study by the Environment Agency released on Tuesday said the South East had more flood protection and bette

CLIMATE change is our major environmental challenge and its impacts will increasingly affect the way we all live our lives, a report has warned.

A study by the Environment Agency released on Tuesday said the South East had more flood protection and better air quality.

But it said that extreme weather had affected the region with a rise in sea levels, heavy rain and drought.

Howard Davidson, regional director for the Environment Agency said: "The improvements we are seeing in areas such as our bathing water, river and air quality and wildlife are helping us all to have a better quality of life.

"But with climate change increasingly affecting the way we live our lives, our report shows that we still need to do more."

The State of the Environment Report also looked at temperature records for April 2007 and the previous 12 months. It found that temperatures in 2006 and 2007 were the warmest since records began.

Mr Davidson added: "We need to take action now to adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change by flood-proofing housing and reducing water use for instance.

"But we also need to limit further change and do more to reduce our ecological footprint".

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