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Site of Glasgow Climate Talks Has Its Own History of Extreme Weather

It’s unlikely the flooding that devastated the conference hall almost three decades ago will recur. But Glasgow still faces dangers from an altered climate.

View of River Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland.
Photographer: Andy Gallacher/EyeEm/Getty Images

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The last time the river running through the Scottish city of Glasgow overflowed its banks with deadly results occurred nearly three decades ago. Days of torrential rain reached the breaking point just two weeks before Christmas 1994, and two people died in floods that swamped the city’s SEC Center and caused more than 100 million pounds ($140 million) in property damage.