|Weather events in Aberystwyth and Amroth, January 2014|
Extreme Weather Events
Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group welcomed many visitors to their October meeting – added to their planned diary in response to requests for another chance to see the talk about this very topical subject given by Janet Roberts.
Last winter we saw record rainfall levels across large areas of England and Wales and very powerful storms that caused much destruction – locally as well as nationally. This year the Thames Barrier needed to be raised fourty eight times when in the first ten years of opening it was closed less than five times per year on average. Across the world California is currently entering its forth year of drought. Australia recorded its highest temperatures in 2013 and flooding on the rivers Danube and Elbe extended to the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany and Poland.
In the Arctic there was a record ice loss in the summer of 2012. This year the loss of the sea ice has caused problems not only for the polar bears but the Pacific walruses. They have been unable to find the sea ice on which they rest, give birth and use as diving platforms to reach snails, clams and worms on the shallow continental shelf. Instead they are coming ashore in record numbers where the mothers and baby walruses are very much at risk.
Janet was at pains to stress that the information given was not hers but the work of qualified scientists from many specialities. These people will have studied for many years to gain their qualifications and will have gone through a peer review process before gaining their accreditation.
Thousands of scientists contribute millions of readings taken from around the world to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). These are from the deep ocean, ocean surface temperatures, land mass temperatures, atmospheric readings as well as data from satellites. They show rising sea levels, rising temperatures – nine of the ten warmest years recorded have occurred in the twentyfirst century. Rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere have increased the greenhouse gases.
Time was spent discussing the oft repeated claim by the skeptics that temperatures have fallen over the last eighteen years. A graph was shown which disproved this. The line drawn on the graph by the scientists showed a consistent clear rise of 0.60C from 1970 to 2010. The skeptics 'cherrypick' short time periods to show a cooling trend because the 'high' and 'low' endpoints are carefully chosen. Even the skeptics' data still shows the same clear warming trend of 0.60C.
Janet asked a simple question:- If you had a heart condition and asked 9 cardiac doctors for their opinion and they said “You are suffering from this condition and I recommend this treatment” and you went to one other and he said “You're OK, don't worry” whose advice would you take?
Finally Janet ended with the plea – not for our sake but for our children and grandchildren – we must hold politicians to account. The future of our world, our home, is too precious. We must ask our representatives to act.
The talk ended with a quote from Barack Obama at the recent UN Climate Change Conference this September. 'We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last to be able to do anything about it'.
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|26th September 2014||Renew Wales - Supporting Groups Across Wales: A talk on the work of this important organisation|
|25th July 2014||How Green is our Wales?: A talk by Rhodri Asby, Deputy Director for Climate Change and Natural Resource Policy|
|27th June 2014||Ty Solar at Rhosygilwen: A visit by members and friends of PSEEG|
|23rd May 2014||Global Warming & Climate Change: A talk by Janet Roberts, secretary, PSEEG|
|28th March 2014||The Swansea Bay Tidal Energy Lagoon: A talk by Owain Morris, Tidal Lagoon (Swansea Bay) plc|
|24th January 2014||P.C.N.P. supports Sustainable Development: A talk by Emma Taylor, SDF Administrator|
|29th November 2013||To Frack or Not to Frack: A talk by John Childs from Safe Energy Wales|
|11th October 2013||Quiet Revolution at Pembroke Dock: A visit with Marten Lewis to the Quiet Revolution factory|
|27th September 2013||Keeping the lights and heating on: A talk by Graham Goodeve|
|28th June 2013||Pembroke 21C Community Association: A talk by Elizabeth Gossage, Pembroke 21C Development Officer|
|24th May 2013||Life beneath the waves; the beauties and the beasts: A talk by Blaise Bullimore, European Marine Site Officer|
|29th March 2013||The National Trust in Wales - Energy Neutral by 2015: A talk by Paul Southall, NT Environment Advisor|
|1st March 2013||Climate Change and a Sustainable Future: A talk by Peter Davies, Sustainable Futures Commissioner for Wales|
|25th January 2013||Waste Not Want Not: A talk by Hywel Gibbs, Pembrokeshire County Council Waste Awareness Officer|
|30th November 2012||Array of Hope: A talk by Paul Carter & Kim Daye from RWE Renewables on The Atlantic Array|
|26th October 2012||The Green Deal: A talk by William Silverstone of Silverstone Green Energy|
|28th September 2012||A Fair Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy on PSEEG's renewable energy project|
|14th September 2012||Not a Waste of Time: a visit to Withyhedges Landfill and recycling centre|
|29th June 2012||The Need for a More Sustainable Future: A talk by Geraldine Leach of Transition Narberth|
|1st June 2012||Know your Flood Risk: A talk by Andy Irving, Flood Risk Management Team Leader|
|11th May 2012||The Power of the Sun: A visit to the Solar Farm at Rhosygilwen|
|23rd March 2012||Planting Green Thoughts: A talk by Jo Horsley, Environment Wales Development Officer|
|24th February 2012||The Atlantic Array offshore wind farm: A talk by Robert Thornhill, Development Manager|
|2nd December 2011||Pathfinder Progress: A talk by Peter Willis from the Welsh Government's Pathfinder Programme|
|4th November 2011||The DeltaStream project: A talk by Chris Williams, Development Director of Tidal Energy Ltd.|
|30th September 2011||How Green is my Valley?: A talk by Grenville Ham, Manager of The Green Valleys Project|
|23rd September 2011||PSEEG's visit to Carew Mill with Marten Lewis of the Darwin Centre|
|5th August 2011||The Manner of the Message: A talk by Neil Sefton on communication skills|
|24th June 2011||The Work of the Darwin Centre: A talk by Marten Lewis, manager of the Darwin Centre|
|27th May 2011||Electric Cars – The Road Ahead?: The talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles|
|13th May 2011||Are electric cars the way forward?: A talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles|
|22nd April 2011||Sustainability in Action: A visit to the Science & Technology Park (Technium) in Pembroke Dock|
|1st April 2011||A Revolution in Wind Energy?: A talk by Vaughan Griffiths from Quietrevolution, Pembroke Dock|
|25th February 2011||Preparing for Floods: A talk by Richard Wickes of the Environment Agency|
|14th January 2011||The Way Forward for Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy|
|12th November 2010||How Green is your Castle?: The National Trust & Global Warming|
|15th October 2010||Challenge of the Rising Sea: The effects on the Pembrokeshire coastline|
|10th August 2010||The beautiful Welsh coastline: Response to possible rising sea levels|
|18th June 2010||Visit to Costain at Canaston Bridge: Not Costing the Earth|
|16th April 2010||Feed in Tariffs: Power to the People|
|12th March 2010||Heat Pumps & Photo Voltaic Panels: Prepare for the Goodlife|
|12th February 2010||Parliamentary Candiates at Green Question Time in Saundersfoot|
|15th January 2010||Weather & Climate: A Question of Energy|
|4th December 2009||Sustainable Community Ventures: Regeneration in Pembrokeshire|
|13th November 2009||Community Initiatives: Sustainable Wales leads by example|
|16th October 2009||Climate Change Challenge for Candidates & Micro-generation with wind turbines|
|2nd October 2009||A Visit to Castle Pill Wind Farm: Quiet blows the wind|
|11th September 2009||Renewable Sustainable Energy: An Energy Survey for South East Pembrokeshire|
|10th July 2009||A talk by Lorraine Dallmeier of Infinergy: Wind Power - Pembrokeshire's Potential|
|12th June 2009||St. Oswald's, Jeffreyston - Pembrokeshire's Beacon of Sustainability|
|24th April 2009||Solar Panels: Three Cheers for Sunny Pembrokeshire|
|13th March 2009||Ashton Hayes Community Energy Reduction & Hot Water From the Sun|
|13th February 2009||Could Pembrokeshire go carbon neutral?|
|14th November 2008||Environment Wales to provide 'Start-Up' Funding for PSEEG|
|17th October 2008||PSEEG to become a Registered Charity|