STERN FLOOD WARNING 2014

LORD NICHOLAS STERN

GUARDIAN FRONT PAGE 14 FEB 2014 

Climate change is here now and it could lead to global conflict Lord Stern 14-02-2014

Extreme weather events in the UK and overseas are part of a growing pattern that it would be very unwise for us, or our leaders, to ignore, writes the author of the influential 2006 report on the economics of climate change  
The record rainfall and storm surges that have brought flooding across the UK are a clear sign that we are already experiencing the impacts of climate change. Many commentators have suggested that we are suffering from unprecedented extreme weather. There are powerful grounds for arguing that this is part of a trend. Four of the five wettest years recorded in the UK have occurred from the year 2000 onwards. Over that same period, we have also had the seven warmest years.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/13/storms-floods-climate-change-upon-us-lord-stern

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Letter to The Guardian

14 02. 2014.
Mercifully, rainfall floods will recede but sea-level-rise floods will persist for millennia. The Guardian’s 14 Feb 2014 editorial “Hard rain, hard truths” cites sea-level-rise due to ocean warming and expansion (a real but minimal effect) but ignores observed Polar meltdown, which is the major factor. NASA director James Hansen used 2007 data (see attached graphic) to warn that when land based Arctic ice melts, seas will rise by 213 feet (64 metres). If so, most of London and New York will be submerged. Holland has floating villages – Britain needs to build floating cities – which are realistic, affordable, sustainable marine engineering proposals (Read AD2516 – After Global Warming). To start – Boris Johnson’s estuary airport should be on a floating island – long before 12 million London refugees try to retreat to higher ground.  LONDON FLOODS – 300ft UNDERWATER


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