Global warming has added more moisture to the atmosphere

Super-storm Sandy has devastated parts of the US east coast, a 13ft tidal surge hit Manhattan, with 63 people dead in America (and more than 60 dead even before the super-storm hit USA)  and the estimated cost of the storm damage put at around $40 billion. Hurricane Sandy, a category 2 hurricane on 25th October but weakened over 2 days and on October 27th a category 1 hurricane; but the largest Atlantic hurricane in diameter on record.

Ninety-six percent of the “major” hurricanes occur from August to October when the warmer waters help to feed the strength of the hurricanes. Warmer temperatures, leads to more precipitation, precipitation means more water vapour and moisture, that is one of the basic facts about global warming. Sea surface temperatures off the Mid-Atlantic coast were near a record high in September, and 2.3 degrees Fahrenheit above the long term average. So with the tidal surge, the tropical storm and hurricane all working together, it resulted in massive damage.

Without the effects of climate change, its likely that hurricane Sandys consequences would have been much less.


Labour made a mistake in relaxing Britain’s gambling laws

Ever since the Labour Government relaxed our gambling laws in 2005 our betting shops have been thriving. William Hill revealed that the gross profit they make from Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (either slot or virtual roulette machines with maximum payouts of £500 per bet) has been steadily increasing. From making £648 per week per machine in 2007, it has risen to making £924 per week per machine. We are seeing betting shops on our high streets in increasing numbers. The Advertising Standards Authority has branded advertisements by UK bookmakers as socially irresponsible, likely to mislead and questioned the advertisements truthfulness and honesty. This Conservative Government cares about cutting taxes and lowering our debt, both worthy issues, but surely we should protect people from addictions and being preyed upon by big companies? Shadow Culture Secretary Harriet Harman has admitted the Labour Government was wrong to relax gambling laws. She recently recently said, “I have got the most heart-rending letters and emails and calls that I’ve ever had in 30 years of being an MP, just saying, ‘Please, do something about this. It’s ruined my life, it’s ruined my family, it’s really dangerous’. And the problem is, it’s getting worse and that’s why we need the law changed so that something can be done about it.””

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