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England and Wales just made it through one hell of a winter.
According to data released Thursday by the Met Office, the government forecaster, it brought more rain than has ever been seen in 248 years of record keeping: with four days of winter to go, they’ve measured 435 millimeters (17 inches) of downpour, officially making it the U.K.’s wettest winter since 1766. The old record, of 423 millimeters, had been set in 1915.
Along with that came rampant flooding, an estimated 1 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) in damage and seemingly endless debates over whether, and to what extent, climate change was responsible for the extreme weather.
In January, Prime Minister David Cameron caused controversy when he linked the rains to a changing climate (but not as much controversy as a local politician did by linking them to gay marriage). ”Colleagues across the house can argue about whether that is linked to climate change or not,” Cameron said. “I very much suspect that it is.”
Ed Milliband, the leader of the Opposition, agreed: ”The events of the last few weeks have shown this is a national security issue in our own country too with people’s homes, businesses and livelihoods coming under attack from extreme weather,” he said. “And we know this will happen more in the future.”
Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email email@example.com.More Lindsay Abrams.
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World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.
New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.