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Britain: Climate change threatens coasts
AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/15/08 | Raphael G. Satter - ap

Posted on 01/15/2008 10:31:52 PM PST by NormsRevenge

LONDON - Climate change is warming Britain's waters, eroding its coastline, harming its marine wildlife and increasing the likelihood of devastating storms and floods, the government said in a report published Wednesday.

The "Marine Climate Change Impacts" report, drawn up by coalition of government bodies and researchers, said 2006 was the warmest year ever recorded for Britain's waters, and seven of the 10 warmest years have been in the last decade.

Milder sea temperatures have already adversely affected plankton — small water-going micro-organisms that form the foundation of the ocean's ecosystem. In the North Sea, the population of the previously dominant cold-water plankton species Calanus finmarchicus had declined by 70 percent since the 1960s, the report said.

Cold-water fish were also suffering, and that in turn was reducing the availability of prey for some of Britain's seabirds — such as black-legged kittiwakes — and harming the fish and fish farming industries, the report said.

The ocean around Britain was also becoming more violent and more acidic. Scientists have recorded increasing average wave heights in western and northern British waters, while models suggested that the chemical composition of British sea water had shifted, becoming more acidic as it absorbed increasing amounts of carbon dioxide.

The report also said erosion had taken increasingly deep bites out of the British coast, saying that the low water and high water marks were getting closer in nearly two thirds of the areas studied in England and Wales over the past 100 years. It predicted — albeit with low confidence — that the rate of erosion would increase as ocean levels rose.

Finally the report warned of the possibility of increased flood risk, both from rivers and the sea, saying the increasing trend in extreme water levels was most likely a consequence of the rise in average sea level, itself strongly linked to global warming.

Those behind the report said it should be read as a call to action. "Our winters are getting wetter and warmer, sea levels are rising and coastal erosion is increasing," Rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead said. "These are happening now and we must take action."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: britain; climatechange; coasts; threatens

1 posted on 01/15/2008 10:31:53 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
“Climate change is warming Britain’s waters, eroding its coastline, harming its marine wildlife and increasing the likelihood of devastating storms and floods, the government said in a report published Wednesday”

Proof that their government lies too! Damn fools deserve what ever befalls them for buying into this load of crap.

2 posted on 01/15/2008 10:33:52 PM PST by chaos_5 (Fred & Hunter '08)
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To: NormsRevenge
and cats and dogs- sleeping together.

the sky is falling! :)
3 posted on 01/15/2008 10:34:33 PM PST by robomatik (thompson/hunter '08 or hunter/thompson '08)
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To: chaos_5

I thought their big problem was that the Gulf Stream was going to stop and they were going to freeze to death. Maybe that was last week!

In Roman times I believe they grew grapes in Britain, something that has not been possible for a very long time.


4 posted on 01/15/2008 10:37:03 PM PST by claudiustg (You know it. I know it. I'm optiMITTstic!)
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To: claudiustg

Now they just spew sour grapes.


5 posted on 01/15/2008 10:43:05 PM PST by irishtenor (Check out my blog at http://boompa53.blogspot.com/)
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To: NormsRevenge

It seems that the envirowhackos wish for the ‘good old days’ when Britain was covered with a mile thick sheet of ice. No problems with storms or plankton then.


6 posted on 01/15/2008 10:51:13 PM PST by Post Toasties (It's not a smear if it's true.)
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To: claudiustg
In Roman times I believe they grew grapes in Britain, something that has not been possible for a very long time.

The west coast of Scotland is so warmed by the Gulf stream that palm trees grow on the Islands. This is about 55 degrees latitude, about the same latitude as the lower area of the Hudson Bay in Canada.

7 posted on 01/15/2008 10:58:31 PM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (<I>)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

Those palm trees didn’t get there by themselves, of course. Somebody introduced them.


8 posted on 01/15/2008 11:00:09 PM PST by Post Toasties (It's not a smear if it's true.)
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To: Post Toasties

Perhaps a swallow dropped a coconut.


9 posted on 01/15/2008 11:08:33 PM PST by weegee (Those who surrender personal liberty to lower global temperatures will receive neither.)
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To: Post Toasties

I see no reason why the climate should stop changing now.


10 posted on 01/15/2008 11:09:43 PM PST by MaxMax (God Bless America)
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To: MaxMax

Legislative changes threaten our very society and the bureaucrats are quite pleased with themselves.


11 posted on 01/15/2008 11:20:35 PM PST by weegee (Those who surrender personal liberty to lower global temperatures will receive neither.)
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To: weegee
They could go back to the 7th century. I’m sure Islam would appreciate it.
12 posted on 01/15/2008 11:26:07 PM PST by MaxMax (God Bless America)
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To: weegee
Perhaps a swallow dropped a coconut.

Would that be an African or European swallow?

13 posted on 01/15/2008 11:29:14 PM PST by NurdlyPeon (Thompson / Hunter in 2008)
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To: NormsRevenge

Is there really anyone here that needed an explanations as to what “plankton” is?


14 posted on 01/15/2008 11:36:56 PM PST by Greenpees (Coulda Shoulda Woulda)
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To: weegee

Would that be an AFRICAN swallow, or two european ones?


15 posted on 01/16/2008 12:17:36 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: claudiustg
In Roman times I believe they grew grapes in Britain, something that has not been possible for a very long time.

Erm...a trifle out of date! There's been a flourishing English wine industry since the 1950s, and very good stuff it is too (especially the methode champenoise whites). See

http://www.englishwineproducers.com

16 posted on 01/16/2008 12:42:58 AM PST by Winniesboy
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To: Post Toasties

Are you implying that coconuts migrate?


17 posted on 01/16/2008 12:43:46 AM PST by gigster
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To: chaos_5

Not too clear where the lie is in this case? The specific local phenomena listed are all well observed and measured. The report is largely about changes which have already occurred, rather than dubious prediction.


18 posted on 01/16/2008 12:52:31 AM PST by Winniesboy
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

There are palm trees in Kensington Garden in London, too. I don’t think that type of palm tree requires a very temperate climate. They trees have been there for a long time, well before global warming.


19 posted on 01/16/2008 12:56:17 AM PST by Eva
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To: claudiustg
In Roman times I believe they grew grapes in Britain, something that has not been possible for a very long time

There are a lot of vinyards in Britain, and some of them produce red grapes.

UK viniculture went to nothing during the maunder minimum, but it has slowly increased with the (non-anthopogenic) rise in temperatures from 1600 to 2000.

20 posted on 01/16/2008 4:17:37 AM PST by agere_contra
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To: Beowulf; Defendingliberty; WL-law; Normandy
"Hot Air Cult"

~~Anthropogenic Global Warming ™ ping~~

21 posted on 01/16/2008 6:41:53 AM PST by steelyourfaith
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To: claudiustg
In Roman times I believe they grew grapes in Britain, something that has not been possible for a very long time.

There are vineyards operating in Britain now.

22 posted on 01/18/2008 6:19:59 AM PST by cogitator
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