Is flooding becoming more common in Europe as a result of global warming? Well not according to a recent study in the publication New Scientist, which examined this issue and found such claims to be awash in hype. According to scientists at the University of Leipzig in Germany and Reading University in the U.K., the historical record dating back over 1,000 years indicates no statistical upward trend of note, even when factoring in the devastating floods that left cities from Prague to Dresden awash with high water in 2002. While flooding hasn’t increased, the study says, damage claims have. But this is because of changes in land use near rivers, not global warming. So it seems the claims linking flooding and global climate change are all wet indeed.