The Met Office warns tomorrow that climate change and rising sea levels will threaten more than 1.5m homes, turn farmland into marsh and wash away beaches by the end of the century. Its UK Climate Projections report forecasts that the seas around Britain are likely to increase by 3-4ft by 2100, inundating low-lying land, putting 1.7m homes at risk and destroying many holiday beaches. Some coastal towns may have to be abandoned because the huge cost of sea defences will make them “unviable”. Many stretches of prime, low-lying farmland could also be lost, with the lowest, such as Romney Marsh in Kent, the Somerset Levels and parts of Essex facing near-permanent inundation. In some areas the impacts could reach far inland. Much of the farmland between King’s Lynn in Norfolk and Cambridge, for example, would lie below the new sea level and so be at risk of turning to marsh. Across the UK, such a rise would leave 100,000 coastal properties at risk from wave erosion, with another 100,000 sited on seaside cliffs at risk from landslips. Up to 1.7m homes would face flooding, according to a recent report from the Committee on Climate Change. The Met Office projections are the culmination of a three-year project commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. The aim is to help policymakers prepare transport, power and other infrastructure for what is likely to be the fastest change in climate humanity has experienced. Those changes are driven by greenhouse gas emissions, currently equivalent to 50bn tons of CO2 a year. About 1bn tons come from the UK, when imports and aviation are included.
Times 25th Nov 2018 read more »
Their climate change protests have brought central London to a standstill and are elbowing aside established green groups such as Greenpeace. Now The Sunday Times can reveal the activist behind the fast emerging environmental group Extinction Rebellion is a 52-year-old activist studying for a PhD in civil resistance movements. Protesters led by Roger Hallam, ER’s co-founder, paralysed central London for a second weekend yesterday when they staged a mock “funeral for the planet”, starting with a “memorial service” in Parliament Square before carrying a coffin along Whitehall to the Mall – and laying it outside the gates of Buckingham Palace. Extinction Rebellion has generated quick publicity Ext inction Rebellion has generated quick publicity.
Times 25th Nov 2018 read more »
A “DECLARATION of rebellion” has been announced at the Scottish Parliament by a radical climate change action group which has started to recruit in Scotland. Hundreds of Scots have already signed up to Extinction Rebellion after the group organised one of the biggest acts of mass civil disobedience in the UK in decades. Caroline Rance, Friends of the Earth Scotland climate campaigner, who spoke at the rally outside Parliament before a march to St Andrew’s House said: “Millions of people around the world are already suffering devastating impacts of climate change. People are understandably frustrated with governments’ approach of tinkering around the edges of this problem. “With a new climate law going through the Scottish Parliament, we have a real opportunity to commit to the urgent action needed within the next decade. Our politicians need to start listening to the people who want to help make this change happen.”
The National 25th Nov 2018 read more »
Dozens of campaigners blocked the roads around Parliament Square to highlight concerns about the environment on Saturday. About 50 activists from Extinction Rebellion, a direct action group that has been coordinating a campaign of civil disobedience which has brought areas of the capital to a standstill in recent weeks, risked arrest by standing defiantly in roads in front of queueing traffic. An estimated 1,000 more demonstrators, many clad in black clothing, massed on the green in Parliament Square for what organisers labelled a “memorial service” to mourn the loss of life on the planet.
Guardian 24th Nov 2018 read more »