Thursday, July 26, 2007

Flash floods letter set to the local papers


Dear Sir,

The flash floods in Croydon during July may well be a tiny taster of the chaos that lies ahead. The governments’ own Chief Scientific Officer, Sir David King, pointed out that the flash floods across England were predicted in climate change projections back in 2004. One could argue that it is too early to say with conviction whether the flash floods are just a ‘flash in the pan’ because floods of this kind do occur as was the case in 1912 and 1947.

However, extreme weather is consistent with global warming and July’s rainfall is the highest since 1766. If you marry that with the fact that: ten of the last 12 years have been the hottest on record then it is clear that something out of the ordinary is occurring.

That is why I was very interested to read Cllr Tony Newman’s rather rich letter regarding the exposure, by a Conservative councillor, that members of the Conservative-run council do not believe climate change is happening or is even is an issue they should take seriously.
You see on the one hand we’ve got the Labour group who, when in power, portrayed a semblance of awareness of the issue but did scant little locally; on the other, we’ve got a Conservative group who ostensibly, won’t believe the overwhelming evidence before them and consequently are not going to do anything about it. I don’t know what is worse!

Labour and Conservative MP’s and councillors must never forget that the Stern Report, commissioned by Gordon Brown, highlighted how failure to act on climate change would trigger a catastrophic global recession.

Yours sincerely

Shasha Khan
Croydon Green Party
Windmill Road
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