Psamathe wrote:Makes you wonder if the planet stands any chance at all when some people get in such a stew because they are inconvenienced a bit. Wonder how inconvenienced they or their offspring will feel as the impacts progress e.g. few months ago I visited a glacier in rapid retreat where the metal content in the recently exposes rock is leaching out and polluting the valley destroying the agriculture. Ok, those inconvenienced today might not be disrupted by that but it’s undoubtedly spreading. After an hour or two they carry on, but when the climate causes the inconvenience it will last more than a few hours.
I live in the Fens, in an village built on what was once a low island in the fen, at about 5m. above present sea level, which is referenced to O.S. Datum. This is mean
sea level in Newlyn. A few years ago the sea overtopped the banks of the Witham in Boston. The town was built there eight or nine hundred years ago because it was relatively safe from flood. The oldest part of the town, around the ancient church of St. Botolph, the Stump was flooded. On a wall of the church flood levels over the centuries are chiselled. The highest is the latest. My boat, in a yard by the Welland, floated into another boat, with damage.
The rises in sea level already inevitable are damaging enough. If the ice caps melt (and they will, unless we change our way of life) the Fens will be very damp.
I see no sign that the yellowbellies appreciate this. They are agitating for a Boston bypass.
After the 1953 floods the town banks were raised, and it is proposed to build a barrage below the town and more banks. These will not be enough.
I will probably not need the two dinghies I keep at home, because of my age. I will suggest my nephews keep them handy.
These gradual changes tend to occur in sudden fits and advances.