Sunday, 1 September 2013

Willis Eschenbach in the UK

I'm off tomorrow morning to stand at the end of the international arrivals line at Heathrow Airport with my card saying ESCHENBACH so I can ferry his party to their hotel in London.  In my dreams. 
Actually, since he will arrive to something like the above (UK border officials will take twice as long as their US counterparts, though the sniffer dogs are less in evidence), he won't want me giving him a lecture on the way into London.  Any cabbie will do that. He might even get Steven Fry who drives a cab occasionally, has more knowledge than most and could argue Eschenbach to John O'Groats and back.
Anyway, Wallace wants to visit some places so he has asked for advice.  I will present him with a map.  Here it is:
The top map is the one that should concern us here since it will show us the sorts of areas Eschenbach should visit because he might not have a second chance, and there is every possibility that his daughter's children won't see these places.
1. Kings Lynn and the Wash - looks like that will all be underwater in about 100 years time.  The Romans built sea defences across the Wash - they won't be enough.
2 The Norfolk Broads - beautiful waterways created by human activities and likely to be inundated.
3  The Essex marshes - fairly unspoilt habitats, low lying and close enough to the sea to be under salt water 100 years hence.
4 Isle of Sheppey - low lying peninsula on the north coast of Kent, scheduled for demolition by the deniers
5 Isle of Thanet - the sticky out bit at the end of Kent will become an island again
6 Selsey Bill - a sticky out bit of the south coast in Sussex
7 The Somerset Levels - low lying land of great archaeological importance
8 Parts of Pembrokeshire - again on the edge of the sea and won't need too much of a rise to be lost

 9 Morecambe Bay - sweeping area of sands that will be lost permanently when the sea rises too far
10 Edinburgh - someone on WUWT recommended this, mostly because the egregious Monckton resides somewhere up there, but a small sea level rise will destroy the area that is low lying
And London is not immune, even with the Thames Barrier.
And if you don't believe me that sea levels are rising and will continue to rise, search it for yourself.  This graph might help.

 So welcome to the UK, Mr Eschenbach.  Enjoy it while you can as your preferred policies will change it forever in ways you might not enjoy.

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