Todmorden and Climate Change

 

The town of Todmorden has a long history of flooding from the River Calder and Walsden Water. In 2005 the Environment Agency began major engineering work to improve flood defences in Todmorden, and other work has also been carried out, right up to 2012. But the reason we are seeing more flooding is excessive rainfall. In 1972-82 there were only 5 days with more than 10mm of rainfall; but in 2002-12 there were 7 days with more than 10mm of rainfall. But in 2002-12 there were more days without rainfall, and there was actually more rainfall in total in 1972-82. What we are seeing is exactly what climate change scientists have predicted; that climate change would significantly increase the number of days that severe thunderstorms would occur.

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Oxymoron – Health and Safety

 

Figures produced using Met Office temperature data, says that the risk of ill health and death increases for every degree above a particular maximum threshold. The temperature in Leeds on 19th July were 20*c, very hot for many people. Last year, on the same date, temperatures were 12*c lower. The ambulance services have seen a 9% increase in call-outs. Andrew Jenkins, deputy director of medical and clinical services, said: “It is fair to say that the weather has affected all the demand”. Health bosses said there was a big jump in new attendances at A&E during the first half of July compared with the same period in the previous two years.

The NHS advises people to keep cool and drink plenty of fluids in order to avoid heat exhaustion, heatstroke and dehydration. And what does my employer do? They tell me that I cannot wear shorts because its against health and safety policy. Surely this is just very poor management using health and safety as an excuse? I drove passed a school crossing patrol officer (lollipop man), and he was wearing his full length coat. The thing that I have in common with that lollipop man is that we are both employed by the health and safety mad, Leeds City Council.

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