Bericht van: John Heydanus [ Den Haag/ Bloemendaal]
, 09-11-2007 16:09
In de US denken sommigen nu dat we weggevaagd worden.
Incredible Floods Possible in Europe
Last month was officially the worst October for tornadoes in many years. Now A gigantic storm over the North Sea threatens the entire Dutch coast and the northern coasts of Britain and parts of German with flooding of gigantic proportions. Since Britain's "year without a summer," Unknowncountry has been warning of more violent weather to follow in Europe as the Gulf Stream continues changing course. While this change is being officially ignored, the weather is not ignoring it. Meanwhile, as coastal cities like London flood, there will be—ironically—major water shortages.
BBC News reports that a storm in the North Sea is presenting the UK and the Netherlands with "the worst flood threat in decades." This is the first time in over 30 years that the entire North Sea has been put under an alert like this.
As sea levels rise, coastal communities could lose up to 50% more of their fresh water supplies than previously thought, as saltwater intrudes into fresh water aquifers. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that within the next 100 years, sea level could rise as much as 23 inches, flooding coasts worldwide.
Earth scientist Motomu Ibaraki says, "Most people are probably aware of the damage that rising sea levels can do above ground, but not underground, which is where the fresh water is. Climate change is already diminishing fresh water resources, with changes in precipitation patterns and the melting of glaciers. With this work, we are pointing out another way that climate change can potentially reduce available drinking water. The coastlines that are vulnerable include some of the most densely populated regions of the world."