All this for water: the floods in England

By what must certainly be a serendipitous coincidence, an article was published today in the prestigious Nature magazine by several scientists analyzing the relationship between levels of rainfall and global warming.  Their conclusion from looking at patterns throughout the world is that man-made global warming is responsible for between 50% and 85% of the additional rain that has been falling in recent years.

However much we ourselves may be contributing to the problem, what the current floods in England are demonstrating is the paradox that flooding is often paired with water shortages   Because water purification plants have been flooded, close to half a million people in England are going to be without fresh water for drinking, cooking, and washing for at least the next week.  An equal number may also be without electricity and gas.  This is the third major flooding here in as many weeks.  It may be the worst floods in almost two centuries, which makes them much worse because there are many more houses now than there were then.

It’s astonishing to be living here in a developed country and to see TV coverage of literally tens of thousands of people disenfranchised just down the road.  It feels more like Bengaladesh than Great Britain. 

On the other hand, a huge fresh water lake has just been discovered underground in Darfur.  They think it may bring an end to the war there in which hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, raped, and driven from villages which were burnt behind them as they fled. 

All this for water.  I fear this is just the beginning of our bloody water wars.  They could be much much worse than our wars over oil or gold.

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About Terry Sissons

Terry Sissons is the author of The Big Bang to Now: All of Time in Six Chunks, and this blog is a dialogue about the universe and what’s happened in the last 13 billions years.
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