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Double normal rainfall needed

Southern England needs twice as much rainfall over the summer than normal to get back to expected levels, climate scientists have claimed.

Drought summit today

West Sussex County Council is hosting a "drought summit" today following the hosepipe ban announced for most of the region from April 5.

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Sandys speaks on new climate role in Parliament

The MP for South Thanet Laura Sandys, has just been appointed the new Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for the Department for Energy and Climate Change, Greg Barker MP - who happens to represent Bexhill & Battle in Sussex.

The Kent MP said she was hoping to bring her experience of the energy sector the the role.

“It is a real privilege to be working as Greg Barker MP’s PPS. Having worked with the energy sector for 20 years prior to my election to Parliament, I hope I can bring some of my experience to the role.

“Having also worked briefly at the Consumer Association I am very aware of the challenges faced by customers with rising bills. With the roll-out of the Green Deal just around the corner, we have a real opportunity to improve the UK’s housing stock, reduce energy bills and keep families warm.

“I also look forward to working closely with the Department, colleagues, and the wider energy sector to ensure the arguments for energy investment and green growth are clearly made and understood.

"Already, the green economy represents a huge part of the UK economy and has created more jobs than sectors such as ICT, finance, insurance, and the motor trade. Transitioning to a green economy is not a nice to have, but a total necessity if we are to achieve long term economic growth.”

– Laura Sandys, MP for South Thanet & Parliamentary Private Secretary

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Countdown to hosepipe ban

In six days time, the first hosepipe ban comes into force across the region. On April 5th, Southern Water, South East Water, Thames Water, and Veolia Water will impose restrictions. Millions of householders will not be allowed to water gardens, nor wash cars or windows using a hosepipe.

Charlotte Wilkins reports on the prospect of a long, dry summer. She spoke to Dr Ben Lloyd-Hughes at the University of Reading about what's needed to get us out of the drought and to gardeners with advice on how to get through the dry spell.

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