Originally posted by 4eyedsnake
he mentioned yesterday that in 2020 the climate would heat up to 3 to 4c which would have a massive impact in the UK,
Actually, the figure of 3-4c was for 2080.
At present, temps are rising by about 0.3c per decade.
However, most of the issues raised in the programme were problems we alrady face yet mysteriously seem reluctant to tackle:
There are more and more people living in the SE, using more and more water. Water doesn;t grow on trees. Where on earth do they tink it will all
SE England is also still sinking as a result of glacial isostasy (and, in the case of London, additionally because the marsh on which the city is
built is drying up due to water extraction).
We build more and more homes on flood plains. And then wonder why they get flooded. Duh!!!
We cover our gardens in concrete and then wonder why the drains can;t cope with all the extra run-off whenever it rains. Duh!!!
We complain about how high our energy bills are - yet leave the lights on all the time. Duh!!!
We rely on Russia for our gas and the Middle East for our oil. Wouldn't it be better if we didn't have to rely so much on either?
We have an infrastructure that grinds to a halt whenever it is wet, windy, dry, hot or cold. Forget GW - the biggest disaster that Britain faces is
a repeat of the winter of 1963! What was an inconvenience then would kill tens of thousands today.
Roads are overcrowded because no-one walks - the car must be seen as a last resort not a first resort (in other words, you drive if you have to, not
because you can)
The message is simple: we need to stop acting like silly halfwits and do something now! And then, if by chance, the worst GW predictions come true,
we'll be better prepared for that too. And if they don't , well, we just have a better, safer, healthier country to live in. Is that really so