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Scotland 'can expect more floods'

Police station flooded (picture by Bill Cairns)
The police station at Kilbirnie was flooded earlier this month

More floods and landslides could hit areas of Scotland in the future, according to an environmental charity.

WWF Scotland has analysed Met Office data and found that last month was almost 1.5C warmer than the long-term average.

It said July was very warm, a bit wetter and less sunny than usual.

June was slightly warmer and quite a bit wetter than average. May was the warmest May ever in the Scottish records, which go back to 1914.

WWF Scotland director, Richard Dixon, said: "We are now seeing floods and landslides closing road and railways.

"This is just the kind of impact we will expect to see more of as the climate changes further."

He added: "Scotland has the potential to produce the best climate change legislation anywhere in the world, setting the benchmark for the climate talks over the next 18 months.

"The SNP have promised a lot but the detailed legislation will need to include all of the climate change gases and emissions from international aviation and shipping if it is to capture all of Scotland's direct impact."

He called for a statutory commitment to annual reductions of 3% a year.




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