294 Flood Defence Schemes Cut

Spending £50 million on flood defences in Leeds, as reported in the Evening Post on 8th Feb, when the flooding in the UK on the 23-24th June 2012 cost £498 million alone. The cost of flooding can be enormous, it is worth spending more, to save more in the future. This Government needs to wake up to the cost of flooding. Plugging the gap in Leeds will just lead to flooding elsewhere in Yorkshire. This £50 million is a drop in the ocean, and only stops a once in 75 year flood.

The floods in 2012 came in the wake of government cuts to flood protection, which has seen 294 flood defence schemes cut which had indicative funding in place in 2010. The £50 million announced recently for Leeds, is just the reinstatement of one of those schemes. Rupert Ponsonby (Conservative) recently said in the House of Lords; “Despite hard times, we protected the flood budgets as far as possible with a 6% reduction in spend over the four years 2011-12 to 2014-15 compared with the previous four years.” I would not call a 6% drop in funding protecting spending. Because flood defences are a long term problem, the politicians rely on smoke and mirrors and hope for the best. Back in the late 1990s the BBC s climate change web site, predicted more extreme weather, more precipitation and floods, that is exactly what we are experiencing, only 10 years later.

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Bloomberg endorsed President Obama

It is rather interesting, that on the other side of the pond, the Mayor of New York Michael R. Bloomberg has endorsed President Obama in the presidential campaign. It is even more interesting because Mayor Bloomberg was once a Republican, whilst Barack Obama is a Democrat. Bloomberg decided that Mr. Obama was the better candidate to tackle the global climate change that he believes might have contributed to the violent super-storm, hurricane Sandy, which took the lives of at least 80 in the USA and caused billions of dollars in damage. Democrat Mitt Romneys values do seem similar to Conservatives over here in the UK. Mitt Romney thinks its fair that he pays an effective tax rate of about 20%, on his $22 million income.

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.

Creationism

A little more than ten years ago, climate change was coming into the news because of the United Kingdoms hot weather; in recent times the weather in the UK has been a little cooler and climate change is no longer a top news story. In the early news stories about climate change the BBC web sites predicted more precipitation, but more droughts in the UK. Precipitation was not a word that I was familiar with, so I had to look up its meaning. It basically means, more rain. I could not understand how the BBC web site for climate change was predicting more droughts in England, yet more rain. I am sure everyone now understands how we can have both drought and more rain. In parts of the United States and Canada, their last winter has been so remarkably mild some have dubbed it “the year without winter.” So even though the United States is controlled by and anti science religion and big corporations the people are now starting believe that the earth really is warming. Even the creationism churches and anti-climate change Fox news cannot stop the facts forever.


The Hottest Years On Record

 The Hottest Years On Record

Met Office Hadley Centre

Rank

Year

NOAA National Climatic Data Centre

Rank

Year

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Rank

Year

1

1998

1

2010

1

2010

2

2010

1

2005

1

2005

3

2005

3

1998

3

2007

4

2003

4

2003

4

2009

5

2002

5

2002

5

2002

6

2009

6

2006

6

1998

7

2004

7

2009

7

2006

8

2006

8

2007

8

2003

9

2007

9

2004

9

2004

10

2001

10

2001

10

2001

 

In October the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii published its CO2 data for 2010. It showed that our massive increasing population and their compulsion to devour the earths resources, is making the atmosphere richer in Carbon.

Some people are well aware of the implications of this, but many ignore the realities of climate change. It was telling that when the news was released, many news organisations, including the BBC, sited that CO2 had risen to “record levels since pre-industrial time”. A clearer way to explain the rising levels of CO2 would have been to say that CO2 was at its highest concentration for 650,000 years. Why is reporting of climate change so poor? Forecasts of a “Siberian freeze” that never happens get front page headlines in the Daily Express, yet a continued increase in CO2 and record global temperatures in 2010 doesn’t even make the front page.

Charles Keeling has been tracking CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere, at the summit of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii, since 1958. He and others have also used proxy measurements of tree rings, ice cores, boron and carbon isotope ratios to estimate the CO2 and climate going back millions of years. So if the CO2 measured in Mauna Loa since 1958 is rising year on year, why are temperatures not rising every year.

Some climate “contrarians” have suggested that global warming stopped in 1998. In reality, nothing is further from the truth because global temperatures have continued to rise steadily, decade by decade. It’s not important whether 2010, 2005 or 1998 was the hottest year on record. It is the underlying trend that is important. The evidence of this is the continued melting of the very high mountain glaciers, high mountain glaciers are devoid of weather, so they are a real measure of climate.

From the Rocky Mountain glaciers in the USA to the Alps and the Pyrenees mountain ranges in Europe, their glaciers are continuing to melt, even when the climate records show a period of cooler global temperatures. The level of the worlds oceans, as recorded by NASA, are still getting higher. So when the news media report of cooler global temperatures, they are clearly in error.

Across the country, belief in man-made global warming, and passion about doing something to arrest climate change, is not what it was five years or so ago. However, there is progress; in Australia the Government has just passed a carbon tax bill that will see a price on carbon emissions as the law of the land. Australia has spent more than a decade debating the issue and years of bitter debate and division. Ironically, it was probably weather was the deciding factor, not climate. In 2009, the Black Saturday bushfires erupted after a period of record hot and dry weather resulting in the loss of over 210 lives and the destruction of 1830 homes. What will it take to wake up the politicians and the people in the United Kingdom to the perils of climate change?

 http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2010/12/climate_change

2010 was the warmest year on record?

As Look Norths Paul Hudson is my favourite weather forecaster, I was rather let down when, in his article in the Yorkshire Even Post about our recent very cold winters, he cited low solar output as the cause. He wrote that it was similar to something called the “Dalton Minimum”, a period of cold weather that lasted from about 1790 to 1830.

I looked it up on Wikipedia, (often said to be inaccurate), and it said that the cold period of weather known as the “Dalton Minimum”, was probably cold as a result of a combination of a historic low solar activity and volcanic eruptions, including the eruption of a super colossal volcano, the Mount Tambora eruption of 1815.

His explanation of our cold very winters being as a result of low solar output must also be in doubt, as 2010 tied with 1998 for the warmest year on record globally. So how could there have been low solar output? Perhaps when the solar cycle reaches its high peak in 2013, we will have even higher temperature globally?

 

David Camerons words mean nothing

It is well over a year since David Cameron claimed that his government would be the “greenest ever”. Back in 2010 Tesco, B&Q and Marks & Spencer were among the big brands that held talks with the government about delivering the green deal, along with energy companies. Sadly, a year on from David Cameron’s pledge to be the greenest government ever, his coalition increasingly feels like the last Tony Blair Labour government all over again. David Camerons Conservatives made lots of promises and spun the media, but the Liberal Democrats are the scapegoats. The 2010 Conservative manifesto included “Reform of Air Passenger Duty” and David Cameron said that he was in favour of “frequent flyer” taxes, but even when Government needs to raise more funds, it was just spin. In August 2010 david Cameron said that he wanted to end “deep discounting on alcohol”. The negative impacts of cheap alcohol on children’s health are substantial. But again the Conservatives have done nothing. I like the sound of “the Big Society”, but that is just another Tory smoke screen.

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