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Extreme Weather Events

24th October 2014

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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Past Articles
26th September 2014Renew Wales - Supporting Groups Across Wales: A talk on the work of this important organisation
25th July 2014How Green is our Wales?: A talk by Rhodri Asby, Deputy Director for Climate Change and Natural Resource Policy
27th June 2014Ty Solar at Rhosygilwen: A visit by members and friends of PSEEG
23rd May 2014Global Warming & Climate Change: A talk by Janet Roberts, secretary, PSEEG
28th March 2014The Swansea Bay Tidal Energy Lagoon: A talk by Owain Morris, Tidal Lagoon (Swansea Bay) plc
24th January 2014P.C.N.P. supports Sustainable Development: A talk by Emma Taylor, SDF Administrator
29th November 2013To Frack or Not to Frack: A talk by John Childs from Safe Energy Wales
11th October 2013Quiet Revolution at Pembroke Dock: A visit with Marten Lewis to the Quiet Revolution factory
27th September 2013Keeping the lights and heating on: A talk by Graham Goodeve
28th June 2013Pembroke 21C Community Association: A talk by Elizabeth Gossage, Pembroke 21C Development Officer
24th May 2013Life beneath the waves; the beauties and the beasts: A talk by Blaise Bullimore, European Marine Site Officer
29th March 2013The National Trust in Wales - Energy Neutral by 2015: A talk by Paul Southall, NT Environment Advisor
1st March 2013Climate Change and a Sustainable Future: A talk by Peter Davies, Sustainable Futures Commissioner for Wales
25th January 2013Waste Not Want Not: A talk by Hywel Gibbs, Pembrokeshire County Council Waste Awareness Officer
30th November 2012Array of Hope: A talk by Paul Carter & Kim Daye from RWE Renewables on The Atlantic Array
26th October 2012The Green Deal: A talk by William Silverstone of Silverstone Green Energy
28th September 2012A Fair Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy on PSEEG's renewable energy project
14th September 2012Not a Waste of Time: a visit to Withyhedges Landfill and recycling centre
29th June 2012The Need for a More Sustainable Future: A talk by Geraldine Leach of Transition Narberth
1st June 2012Know your Flood Risk: A talk by Andy Irving, Flood Risk Management Team Leader
11th May 2012The Power of the Sun: A visit to the Solar Farm at Rhosygilwen
23rd March 2012Planting Green Thoughts: A talk by Jo Horsley, Environment Wales Development Officer
24th February 2012The Atlantic Array offshore wind farm: A talk by Robert Thornhill, Development Manager
2nd December 2011Pathfinder Progress: A talk by Peter Willis from the Welsh Government's Pathfinder Programme
4th November 2011The DeltaStream project: A talk by Chris Williams, Development Director of Tidal Energy Ltd.
30th September 2011How Green is my Valley?: A talk by Grenville Ham, Manager of The Green Valleys Project
23rd September 2011PSEEG's visit to Carew Mill with Marten Lewis of the Darwin Centre
5th August 2011The Manner of the Message: A talk by Neil Sefton on communication skills
24th June 2011The Work of the Darwin Centre: A talk by Marten Lewis, manager of the Darwin Centre
27th May 2011Electric Cars – The Road Ahead?: The talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles
13th May 2011Are electric cars the way forward?: A talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles
22nd April 2011Sustainability in Action: A visit to the Science & Technology Park (Technium) in Pembroke Dock
1st April 2011A Revolution in Wind Energy?: A talk by Vaughan Griffiths from Quietrevolution, Pembroke Dock
25th February 2011Preparing for Floods: A talk by Richard Wickes of the Environment Agency
14th January 2011The Way Forward for Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy
12th November 2010How Green is your Castle?: The National Trust & Global Warming
15th October 2010Challenge of the Rising Sea: The effects on the Pembrokeshire coastline
10th August 2010The beautiful Welsh coastline: Response to possible rising sea levels
18th June 2010Visit to Costain at Canaston Bridge: Not Costing the Earth
16th April 2010Feed in Tariffs: Power to the People
12th March 2010Heat Pumps & Photo Voltaic Panels: Prepare for the Goodlife
12th February 2010Parliamentary Candiates at Green Question Time in Saundersfoot
15th January 2010Weather & Climate: A Question of Energy
4th December 2009Sustainable Community Ventures: Regeneration in Pembrokeshire
13th November 2009Community Initiatives: Sustainable Wales leads by example
16th October 2009Climate Change Challenge for Candidates & Micro-generation with wind turbines
2nd October 2009A Visit to Castle Pill Wind Farm: Quiet blows the wind
11th September 2009Renewable Sustainable Energy: An Energy Survey for South East Pembrokeshire
10th July 2009A talk by Lorraine Dallmeier of Infinergy: Wind Power - Pembrokeshire's Potential
12th June 2009St. Oswald's, Jeffreyston - Pembrokeshire's Beacon of Sustainability
24th April 2009Solar Panels: Three Cheers for Sunny Pembrokeshire
13th March 2009Ashton Hayes Community Energy Reduction & Hot Water From the Sun
13th February 2009Could Pembrokeshire go carbon neutral?
14th November 2008Environment Wales to provide 'Start-Up' Funding for PSEEG
17th October 2008PSEEG to become a Registered Charity

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