No More Coasting With Climate Change
Could England’s seaside towns be swept away by the rising sea levels, as a result of climate change?
The devastation flooding causes should be no surprise given recent memory. Storm Desmond was only a few years ago, affecting 16,000 properties and leading to an overall insurance bill around £1.3 billion.
In this article, we’ll go over the threat of further global warming to the UK, and measures you can take to help prevent this situation from getting worse.
What is Climate Change?
You don’t need a science degree to understand climate change. It means a long term change in weather patterns, with the last significant one being the Ice age. Global changes in temperate affect everything from the air we breathe to our natural environment. Leading to more and more droughts, heatwaves and other extreme weather events.
There has been a spike in global temperature since post World War 2, which is believed to be linked to human activities such as deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels. If nothing is done to prevent this behaviour, we could see a rise in climate change flooding, brought on by the increased temperatures.
Disaster films like The Day After Tomorrow and Soylent Green while exaggerated could very become a bitter reality for future generations.
Climate Change Flooding
Scientists estimate that 275 million people worldwide live in areas that will become flooded as a result of the rise in global temperatures. While Asian cities like Hong Kong and Osaka will be the worst affected, there are plenty of UK coastal towns that will feel the brunt of this change as well.
The Environment Agency estimates £150 billion of assets and 4 million people are living around coastal areas in the UK. Flooding leads a lot of damage in its wake. Not only does it destroy homes, businesses and contribute to loss of life, floods transport bacteria and viruses into clean water systems which lead to waterborne diseases.
Given recent trends, if it gets any worse people living in coastal towns may have to leave their homes at the risk of extreme climate change flooding. It’s not something that building some bigger stilts can fix.
No More Coasting With Climate Change
It may seem that climate change is too big for one person to make a difference, but you can make small steps to curb this worrying trend and avoid climate change flooding the UK.
You can start today, try out some of the following:
Go Green on Your Commute.
The government have planned to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040, although some campaigners are lobbying for 2030. In the meantime, you can do many things to reduce your transport emissions. For example, when feasible take public transport, car-share or even fly-less. Even look into the options of an electric or hybrid vehicle. All of these options will significantly reduce your carbon dioxide emissions.
Even something as simple as changing your diet can make a big difference in the long run. By what you need and use it without throwing any away. That alone will save you money too. Additionally, try buying organic and local food whenever you can. Organic farming uses environmentally friendly methods and buying local helps to stimulate the local communities economy. Meaning food doesn’t heave to travel miles to get to you.
There are many benefits to recycling; it helps moderate greenhouse gases and preserves natural resources. For example, recycling plastic means factories won’t expend further costs on mining for petroleum, conserving precious materials. Recycling costs less money to process than standard waste disposal; which in turn means you’re saving more money in the long run. For small businesses like yourselves, you can make a big difference now by choosing to recycle your waste.
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