Ex-Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore shoots himself in the mouth with his own words. Painful to watch. A reminder that just as in politics where both sides are puppets, so it is in the climate debate. Agendas and truth rarely mix well.
“The text reads: [TOP] This wall was erected – and the piles fixed – Anno Domini 1817 – William Smith, Warden. [LEFT] Variable high tides – March 30th 1874 – Joseph Giles, Warden. [RIGHT] Extraordinary high tide – January 7th 1928 – when 75ft of this wall were demolished – Leonard Collyer, Warden.”
The Thames Valley is a wedge-shaped area widening from Reading to include the Bracknell, Slough, Windsor areas, the Colne Valley and the south-west London fringes. As the river Thames enters the London suburbs of north Surrey, the floodplain is bounded in the distance to the south and west by low wooded hills which lie in the adjoining character area, the Thames Basin Heaths.
In the centre of the Thames Valley, the open Thames floodplain dominates.
Natural England, Character of the Thames Valley
The weather is dreadful. It is extreme and something not seen in many years, if not generations, however we should not be surprised it has happened…again. It has only ever been a matter of when not if and it has everything to do with climate change and nothing to do with CO2. However, the arguments offers no comfort to those whose properties and livelihoods have not been saved and relief from the weather does not look to be coming any time soon. The circumstances that led up to the flooding must be thoroughly investigated and by an independent outside agencies. Ministerial and bureaucratic incompetence, mismanagement, and/or greed, cutbacks, not to mention group think, may have played their part. It seems reasonable to speculate that a belief may have emerged that history would not repeat itself as so confident were the projections as we were told to prepare for a Mediterranean climate rather than floods.
Combined wheat & barley imports 1995-2013 (May).