Restricted access. Climate change will do more than close roads.

A sign warning of ticks which carry the Lyme disease bacteria.

With recent school strikes for climate change and Extinction rebellion splitting public opinion perhaps the effects of climate change should be examined to see the current and future disruption that will be permanent and increasing. Lyme disease is just one example of the current changes that are occurring due to the warming of the planet and has been called the first epidemic of climate change .

Imagine a world where you can’t take a walk in the countryside or local park without a risk of being infected by a debilitating life long condition. The disruption and inconvenience of strikes and demonstrations will be nothing compared with the future and current effects of climate change.

Energy policy led by sheep.

Hitachi scraps plans for its new £20 billion pound nuclear power plant in Wales.

We need to address energy in a holistic long term way not follow short term profits.
The Wyfla nuclear plant now just an expensive backdrop for local sheep.

Business secretary Greg Clark said the government had offered the company a “generous and significant” package of support. ( Taxpayers money ). That included providing a debt facility for the project, taking a one third stake and a guaranteed price of power of up to £75 per megawatt hour for 35 years. The wholesale price is currently £50 per MWh. (Projected windfarms price for the 2020’s is £57.50 and falling.)

Doug Parr, chief scientist for Greenpeace UK, said: ‘Hitachi’s confirmation that no solution has been found for its UK nuclear programme tells you all you need to know about the economics of nuclear power.

‘In the meantime renewable energy costs, especially offshore wind and solar, have plunged dramatically, while new smart technologies including storage have arrived on the scene.

‘A clever move now would be for the Government to accept that the nuclear bet didn’t pay off, stop holding back renewables and have an urgent rethink about the future of UK energy.’ 

Sinking Feeling

Land is slowly slipping into the rising seas.

Global sea level rise is accelerating incrementally over time rather than increasing at a steady rate, as previously thought, according to a new study based on 25 years of NASA and European satellite data.

Despite infamously describing climate change as a “hoax”, the Trump Organisation sought permission to build a sea wall to protect the Trump International Golf Links in County Clare. The Organisation’s submission cited sea level rise due to climate change as one of the reasons for the wall.

As the 21st century continues and the ice continues to melt, it will become clearer which countries have a greater incentive to mitigate climate change, and the resulting geopolitics has the potential to drive division and conflict.

Russia will be less affected with these sea level rises, and may benefit from a more temperate climate due to access to unfrozen natural resources . In contrast, the US may not only suffer from the new drought zones which will also blight equatorial regions, but its low-lying eastern coast is threatened by the accelerating loss of Antarctic ice with both New York and Miami facing submersion.