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Monday, April 17, 2006

A 3 degree rise

Last week the governments chief scientific adviser publically announced concern about a potential 3 degree rise in the world's temperature.

I cannot get that out of my head.

I remember watching 'The Day After Tomorrow' at some point in the past, and being significantly concerned (in a 'Hollywood' way) about the ramifications of climate change.

I live right next to the river Clyde. The view from my window is spectacular - I posted a picture of it in 'Finally... 71'. A 3 degree rise in temperature in the world will undoubtedly affect the height of the water level outside my front garden. Which then got me thinking - just how much of Argyll is less than 7 metres above sea level? Also, this is only thinking about the rise in water level - the economic/social effect of this would clearly be devastating! The picture for today shows what could happen to Helensburgh with a 7 metre rise in sea level - for those of you that are following the NPDO project, take a moment to think about the location of the new Hermitage Academy! If you want to try this for your own location, click here.

It certainly puts things into perspective - how green are we as a council? How green are our schools, pupils and future citizens?

I've spent a lot of time over the last fortnight deepening my knowledge of Flash - we deal with trivial issues, whilst the world in general is largely being ignored.


Blogger marlyn moffat said...

Checked out my area....I'd need my wellies...but from your spot it seems you'll need a wetsuit!

9:01 pm  
Blogger Morag Macdonald said...

I've always thought houses by the water were overpriced, especially in Tighnabruaich and Kames. The school and my house are well above sea level.
In school we recycle paper, card, plastic bottles and cans as well as ink cartridges. Primary teachers also reuse many items in the course of a working day and are loath to throw away anything that might be of use.

4:15 pm  
Blogger Morag Macdonald said...

Oh and we have a compost bin as well!

4:16 pm  
Anonymous Stephen Mackenzie said...

From the lofty heights of Argyle Street, I can say that I'm good for sea level rises of up to 14 metres. ;-)

Argyll is very vulnerable; big chunks of the main roads are at sea level, and most of the settlements are too. (Now there's a good argument for revamping the A83!)

Having said that, a BIG rise (like seven metres) is unlikely in the short term. It would be most likely caused by the West Antartic Ice Sheet collapsing, and it doesn't look like that will happen (yet). This issue's been explored extensively in fiction by Kim Stanley Robinson.

What will happen (and is happening already), is higher high tides and storm surges. Which means more flooding along Clyde Street.

4:03 pm  

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