Courtesy Getty Images, Huffington Post
The weather forecast for tomorrow? As much rain as usually falls in the whole month of February, in one day. The UK is known for its rain but this time it's even out of all records for them: 3 months -so far- of almost non-stop pouring rain. Rugby pitches look like ponds, some even have ducks swimming around on it! Water hockey pitches closed due to too much water. Streets have turned into rivers, many houses have now indoor swimming pools: one in the kitchen, one in the dining room and another one in the reception room....
The big question is: is this just very unusual extreme -even for the UK- weather or is this a clear sign and proof of climate change and the problems that we will have to face in the near future (like tomorrow...)
I read this interesting article by mr. Stern in the Guardian today. He summed up some facts that make you realise that this is actually IT. It's no longer our children that will have to deal with the impact of climate change, we are in the middle of it, right now.
Some facts of the weather in the UK:
- Four of the five wettest years recorded in the UK have occurred from the year 2000 onwards.
- Since 2000 we have had seven of the warmest years ever.
And just some records in other places of the world:
- Australia has just had it's hottest year ever
- Argentina had one of its worst heat waves in late December 2013
- End of 2013 Brazil was struck by floods and landslides following record rainfall
- Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall anywhere in the world, which killed more than 5,700 people in the Philippines
Even though we are too late to reverse the process completely, we can slow it down. We have to cut our global greenhouse gas emission. But we have to do it and we have to do it now.
And the forecast for this weekend? The rain that we were supposed to have in March and April...
Duck Tours replacing (public) transport, Courtesy BBC News