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Drought the new norm for UK - Official

Drought may be new norm for UK, says environment secretary | Environment | The Guardian

Tuesday 21 February 2012

Drought may be the new norm for the UK, with drastic measures including growing genetically modified crops likely to be considered as part of the solution, the environment secretary has said.
She said the UK had to look at how to make plants resistant to drought, pointing to an Australian project to develop drought-resistant genetically modified rice. "This technology, if used responsibly, may be one of the tools in terms of food security that we need going forward."
She said the most important counter-drought measure for the whole country was to capture the rain and store it, and pledged that changes to the planning system would make it easier to build reservoirs.
Farmers were changing some of their cropping patterns this year to cope with the expected drier conditions.....

What a difference five months make.

Comments

Good one Mr Castle.
When I saw this remark, I wondered if government obfuscation got any better:

"she said the most important counter-drought measure for the whole country was to capture the rain and store it, and pledged that changes to the planning system would make it easier to build reservoirs."

According to EU Referendum, this government`s policy on facilitating water storage has been one of delay in all attempts to build extra reservoirs, andalso of allowing the water industry to raise prices in a policy to reduce consumption through high prices.

I suggest we judge Spelman by that old adage,look what she does and not what she says.

This sort of thing happened in Australia./
A drought -= declarations it might never rain again.
A backgrounnd of refusal to build dams.
A sudden decision to build a multi billion dollar desalination plant in Victoria.
Soon much rain and floods.
The desalination plant got flooded too.

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