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Whoever said global warming was dead? | The Times

Lord Rees of Ludlow is Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and President of the Royal Society. Lord Giddens is former director of the LSE, a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge and author of The Politics of Climate Change

Our core scientific findings remain intact. But there are opportunities in that inconvenient truth...
A report produced by the NOAA last year analysed findings from some 50 independent records monitoring temperature change, involving ten separate indices. All ten indicators showed a clear pattern of warming over the past half-century.
A renewed drive is demanded to wake the world from its torpor. The catastrophic events noted above should provide the stimulus. The floods in Pakistan have left some 20 million people homeless. Pakistan cannot be left to founder — world leaders should accelerate the current discussions to provide large-scale funding for poorer countries to develop the infrastructure to cope with future weather shocks.
The US and China are far and away the biggest polluters in the world, contributing well over 40 per cent of global emissions. The EU is pursuing progressive policies in containing the carbon emissions of its member states. Yet whatever the rest of the world does, if the US and China do not alter their policies there is little or no hope of containing climate change.
Above all a renewed impetus to international collaboration is required...

And so on....



Flooding in the Indus Valley

Although some of its water comes from melting Himalayan glaciers, the vast majority is dumped by the summer monsoon.

“As torrential rain sweeps in from the Indian Ocean, floods are triggered almost annually. Its floodplain was an early cradle of civilisation 9,000 years ago. Here people first gave up their nomadic ways to farm livestock and cultivate crops.

The Indus Valley is home to 100 million people, who rely on it completely for drinking water and irrigation. Due to population growth, the people are now living in the alluvial flood plains, which used to be left for the river to meander about.

Today the river is changing its course and as it flows down, it engulfs many of the populated areas. 500 km of the river bed’s floodzone is called “kacha”. This is the natural flood plain of the river. However the “kacha area” is inhabited by millions of people and those who live there are poor people who do not have the means to live in safe areas.

People living in these areas do so at their own risk. Property cannot be bought and sold in “kacha”, however successive government have allocated the lands and even electrified the villages that exist in the flood plains.

Geologist Professor Peter Clift of Aberdeen University, has been precisely dating layers of flood-deposited sand in the Indus floodplain, in order to work out past changes in river flow, with surprising results:

“During a warm period 6,000 years ago, the Indus was a monster river, more powerful and more prone to flooding than today. Then, 4,000 years ago, as the climate cooled, a large part of it simply dried up. Deserts appeared where mighty torrents once flowed.”

Effing tosser.

50 years does not a changing climate make!

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