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Thank Goodness We Live On A Hill

Posted in America, Britain, Canada, Conservation, Environment, European Union, Germany, Modern World, News, Spain with tags , , , , on 04/12/2016 by floroy1942

Few people believe in Climate Change these days, even though the scientists have been warning us for years. People seem to ignore them and think that nothing has changed. Most are young and do not know what our climate was fifty or sixty years ago and therefore assume that what we get today is normal.

Well these pictures of Andalucia in southern Spain may change your mind. Nothing like this has ever been seen before, and it makes you wonder what next year will bring.

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To The Rescue

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Stranded Bus Malaga

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Malaga City

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Malaga Bull Ring

Malaga Airport

Malaga Airport

Malaga Centre

Malaga Centre

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Malaga Centre

Sabinalles

Sabinilles

Alhaurin de la Torre

Alhaurin de la Torre

Fuengirola

Fuengirola

La Linea de la Concepcion, Cadiz

La Linea de la Concepcion, Cadiz

This sort of weather is totally alien to southern Spain. It does rain during the winter but never as much as this. All this was caused by just one day of rain, so it must convince even the most sceptic of the effects of Climate Change. I hope it never happens to you!

Roy.

People Still Don’t Believe In Climate Change

Posted in America, Atlantic, Britain, England, Environment, Modern World, News, UK, United Nations, USA with tags , , , on 07/12/2013 by floroy1942
Storm Surge

Storm Surge

Pictures in the Press and the TV news programmes have brought home once again the devastation caused by the weather. Britain and other North European countries only recently suffered hurricane force winds that caused a great amount of damage, and now it has happened again, breaking all previous records.

Philippines - whole towns destroyed.

Philippines – whole towns destroyed.

When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines recently, it killed more than five thousand people and caused billions of dollars worth of destruction to the country. The devastation was so widespread that it took a long time before help could reach some areas. With its force and strength it broke all records. Surely anyone with even an iota of intelligence should come to the conclusion that these weather phenomena are not normal.

The Heartache In The Aftermath Of Katrina

The Heartache In The Aftermath Of Katrina

The global weather scientists have been warning us for years that such things were about to happen. Even after Hurricane Katrina struck the Atlantic coast of the USA in 2005, people brushed it off. However, the kind of weather currently being experienced by Britain at the moment is unheard of. Way back in the forties, fifties and sixties the most we ever got in bad weather was a gale, that once in while reached wind speeds of 40 or 50mph. But currently you can add another 100mph on top of that.

Co2 Levels By Year

Co2 Levels By Year

So what is happening to our weather. Well, scientists believe it is all to do with the massive amounts of CO2 we are pumping into the atmosphere. If you believe the scientists, and there is no reason not to,  the current unusual weather can be traced back to that fact. The CO2 is hanging in the atmosphere and stopping excess heat from dissipating. In effect, trapping it in the atmosphere.

The Rescue Services Still At Work

The Rescue Services Still At Work

There can be little doubt, to all but the most hardened sceptics, that the planet is warming up because of the increasing CO2 emissions world-wide.  The proof is clear in the massive melting of ice caps at the poles. Never before has so much ice melted at the north and south poles. The sea ice has all but disappeared in the north,  just like the glaciers. For those who care to look, the evidence is all around us but ‘oh how blind are they that cannot see’.

A Train Driver Braves The Weather

A Train Driver Braves The Weather

There has been one international climate conference after another. All countries were to agree on measures to reduce CO2 emissions in an effort to at least slow down the global warming. The politicians might just as well have gone for a picnic by the sea for all the good they have done. Half-hearted measures were approved, but no-one stuck to them. It was ‘business as usual’.

Factory Pollution In The USA

Factory Pollution In The USA

The biggest polluter on the planet is the USA, but following a close second and third are the emerging economies of China and India. Naturally, these last two countries are loath to stop their progress towards becoming a force in the world as their manufacturing base grows by the day. With people becoming more affluent, they start buying cars for example, which is adding a huge burden to our climate along with the factories. The number of cars on the road in China has quadrupled in recent years as more and more people can afford to buy them. While the western nations have done much to make cars cleaner, this has not yet reached the emerging markets.

Floods Met With Traditional Stoicism.

Floods Met With Traditional Stoicism.

Britain has for the past twenty years or so years experienced extreme flooding in parts of the country, but this is usually in areas where houses have been built on floodplains, i.e. low lying areas near rivers etc. The extreme flooding of towns and villages on the coast due to excessively high tides was until recently a rarity. In the latest storm to lash the English coastline, a storm surge of 5.8 metres  was recorded. That’s close to twenty feet! Its no wonder cliff-top houses have been washed into the sea. It was reported that the tidal surge was so great, it forced, and held, so much water in the harbour at Whitby Yorkshire, that all the harbour front houses and businesses were severely flooded. Forced into the harbour by the surge with no other way out, the water had nowhere else to go but over the quayside.

Storm Causes House To Collapse

Storm Causes House To Collapse

Naturally, we have had heavy storms in the past, but records show they have never been as severe as at present. Looking at the news, you have to wonder where it will all end, and how bad will it be next time. Of one thing I am certain, we have no choice but to get used to it.

Roy.

The Hypocrisy of Government and Global Warming

Posted in Atlantic, Britain, Budget Cuts, England, Environment, Europe, Forests, Government, Government Spending, Insanity, Modern World, MP's, Parliament, Senior Citizen, Summit, Traffic, Travel, UK, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 06/12/2010 by floroy1942

Britain Needs Leadership. Not Hypocrisy!

Governments the world over are often accused of hypocrisy, but none can surely be as blatant as that of the British government. Two months ago I reported on a decision by the Tory-Liberal Coalition to sell off Britain’s forests (26/10/2010 – Death Knell for Britain’s Forests) for development to help in cutting the budget deficit, now it appears they have reversed direction, but not as you would expect.

A new government initiative is being trumpeted to spend £4.2 million on planting trees in urban areas. Called the ‘Big Tree Plant’ campaign, it aims at planting 1 million trees in Britain’s towns and cities over the next four years. They claim it will not only be “good for our bank balance but good for our well being“.

Preferable to Concrete!

As a project, I applaud it wholeheartedly but then if planting trees is such a good thing, why do far more damage to “our well being” by turning our forests into holiday parks and golf courses. To me it just doesn’t make sense and I am sure most people will fail to understand the logic.

It is true that people will feel happier walking down a tree-lined street than through a concrete jungle, because trees break up the monotony of bricks, mortar and glass shop fronts. But there is a far more urgent need for trees in an urban area, one that most should know, but few think of: Air quality!

It is no secret that trees, and indeed all plants, feed on the CO2 we pollute the atmosphere with and replace it with life-giving oxygen. In all things there is balance in Nature!

Flooding on the Increase

Check out the news on any day and you will find reports of landslides, flooding, hurricanes and typhoons, drought and severe storms across the world. Anyone over the age of thirty will be able to recall that these phenomena have increased dramatically over the past 15-20 years, and by all accounts are set to get even worse as the years go by.

I have consistently demonstrated on this blog my deep concern for the future of mankind, and the way we are destroying our habitat with harmful emissions and razing the one thing that will keep future generations alive even with global warming, the worlds forests.

I am 68 years old and will not have to suffer the disastrous consequences of our actions today, but I fear for future generations who will. It is not until ALL people realise just what we are doing to our planet, that we will eventually come out of the current global warming tragedy that is overtaking us now.

Of course, apart from the rain forest destruction there is the quantity of emissions we pump into the atmosphere that contribute to global warming. This is another problem requiring drastic action, but sadly, one that no nation seems to want to do more than talk about. They have held Global Warming Conferences now for some years, but as we all know, nothing concrete comes out of them because all countries put their own interests before those of the planet.

Is your Car Journey Really Necessary?

As the effects of global warming start to really bite I can see laws passed world-wide that will for example, limit all families to one car. Currently it is not uncommon for a single family have three and four cars because the parents and their offspring need individual transportation. It is still true today that more than 90% of vehicles on the road have only one occupant!

On the Ground and In the Air!

Air travel may also be restricted to essential journeys only. Gone will be your holiday flights to far-off destinations!

In my opinion, all the wild weather we are currently experiencing is due not only to global warming, but also the irresponsible destruction of the world’s rain forests. In Brazil recently it was reported that the Great Amazon Rain Forest was suffering its first major drought in history. Something must be badly wrong when a rain forest experiences drought.

A Target For Greedy Men.

To me there is little doubt that the Amazon Rain Forest is the main ‘powerhouse’ of weather patterns in the Caribbean, America and Europe. As it has shrunk over the years, so has the weather changed proportionally.

The sad fact is, the Amazon is not the only place under threat, for an identical situation is taking place in Africa and the Far East. There too forests have been decimated, and the weather patterns have changed as the destruction has progressed.

The Scale of Destruction

I am sure the trend can be reversed, and it would not be so difficult if only the will were there. Instead of continuing the wanton destruction of the world’s forests and the ceaseless pumping out of greenhouse gases, we should be doing our level best to reverse the damage we have done.

Many will say; “we need wood” and they are right, but there is nothing wrong in expanding the idea of “Sustainable Forests” that is already working in many countries.

Tackling the greenhouse gas problem is more complicated, but measures such as restricting the number of cars, unpopular as it may be, could help to tip the scales in our favour.

Natural Balance Will Return - But Will We Be Here?

There seems little doubt that Nature will return eventually to a state of balance, but the over-riding factor is, will WE still be here? Food for thought!

Roy.

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