Friday, September 15, 2006

Wet Feet

Given the sudden acceleration in climate change, it appears that plans to build 4,000 new homes in Thanet may be premature, as within a generation, they may join East London Westwood Cross as an underwater attraction. Has anyone noticed the tide coming in any further than before this year?

“The melting of the sea ice in the Arctic, the clearest sign so far of global warming, has taken a sudden and enormous leap forward, in one of the most ominous developments yet in the onset of climate change.” – The Independent.


Chris Wells said...

Yes, and no. In general the onset of human induced global warming has accelerated natural effects such as the rise of sea levels. However, none of that is of an order visible as change to the naked eye, it just happens the last few days have been one of those natural high tide periods as well. However, by the 2080's these combinations added to the average wind speed rise and more extreme weather events could produce more flooding over much wider areas than we have seen before. The 1953 east coast floods were a result of mixed factors of sea surges with high tides. They were assumed as a one in 250 year event. They are now calculated as a one in 50 event. Which means, by the way, they are overdue?

Anonymous said...

I for one am not worried about the sea leval, Once the gulf stream is diverted further south with the influx of fresh water from the melting ice caps,Its the polar bears looking in my dustbin that frightens me.There was a lot of truth in the film Day After Tommorow.

tony flaig log in dont work said...

With all this global warming soon we wont need central heating on in the winter and the like, thus save energy and money till it all gets cold again.

Anonymous said...

mmmm, very interesting,,,
how many of your readers have checked their house insurance to see if they are covered for flood damage,,they may be suprised to learn that they are not if they live in an area of high flood risk,,
and you may be suprised to find some of the areas of high flood risk in Thanet,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Experian have the ' information '