Monday, January 11, 2010

Highlighted by snow and ice...

The snow and sub-zero temperatures have certainly revealed the power of nature – to produce both problems, such as safely transporting goods and people over distances, and opportunities, such as for local shops and the UK skiing industry.

The cold/snowy period has revealed our energy insecurity, with gas supplies running much lower than they should be allowed to, surely even more clearly making the case for Government action to insulate all homes to a high standard, free of charge, beginning with the poorest and most inefficient. This also makes the case for much greater diversity in our energy supplies.

To our shame this period has shown that councils and govt can plan to spread grit to keep the motorways open and keep the economy going but gritting in and around elderly peoples homes and our kids schools is not a priority.

On a more positive note recent days have shown us the value of neighbours and community spirit, with stories of people checking on their older neighbours, helping out those who’ve become stuck, and clearing areas for themselves because the council cant/wont get there to do it (surely highlighting the case for giving people more power and resources to do more things for themselves locally…).


  1. Glen, predictably the denier community is saying that the current cold snap is evidence that there's no such thing as climate change. What's your response to that one? As far as I'm aware it could either be something to do with the Arctic oscillation (and I'm not exactly sure what that is, yet) or perhaps the fact that the global climate is a chaotic system and that climate change is exacerbating extremes of temperature in both directions, both hot and cold. Are these realistic explanations? Can you tell me more about this if you can?

    Cheers, Robin (see you on the 19th!)

  2. Global climate change is about: trends over very large areas ie the globe; and trends in 30yr average weather patterns ie climate!! I'd say that this extremely brief and geographically limited cold and snowy spell makes no difference to the facts on global climate change at all!!


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