For the rain it raineth every day

When I was a young boy in Poplar I used to look out of the window on the first floor of the maisonette where we lived when it rained. Our yard was made of large concrete cement flags, bound with bitumen but the slabs were unevenly laid in this Festival of Britain development so rainwater collected in large puddles and when rain it the puddles they made bubbles.

When that I was and a little tiny boy,

With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
A foolish thing was but a toy,
For the rain it raineth every day.

Today we are puzzled that so much rain has fallen this December; we look for reasons why so much of the places where people live are affected by floods while other places, previously fertile, are affected with drought. In most places we watch through the window of the media and do not understand whether what we see is the beginning of the end or simply a temporary change in the order of things. And so we speculate and enact out our speculations.

 

A great while ago the world begun,
With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
But that’s all one, our play is done,
And we’ll strive to please you every day

 

Happy New Year

You pays your money…

Some sources claim that the present drought in California has nothing to do with anthropogenic climate change. California has a long history of drought from time to time, and the primary reason is probably twofold; the extraction of water from watercourses on a mammoth scale and the weather patterns that afflict the state from time to time. Continue reading

Too Much and Too Little

Many people have died recently as a result of exceptionally heavy monsoon rains in Burma, Vietnam and south eastern India. The rains have caused landslides, polluted water courses and even though there is water everywhere it is undrinkable.  Continue reading

As Ye Shall Sow…

You might spare a thought for the people of California. They are suffering the worst drought ever recorded and they are also suffering from very poor air quality caused, in many places, by the Asian Brown Cloud pollution drifting from China at the rate of a transatlantic airliner to settle above the San Joaquin Valley, which tends to keep it there with the effects of thermal inversion. Continue reading

Water in the Desert

The Atacama desert is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The northern part of Chile is naturally dry. Many places have not have rainfall for many decades. It’s coastal region cooled by the Humboldt current coming from Antarctic. This also cools the desert. The people who live in this region get water from the Andes which flows through rivers such as the Copiapo. For many years humans have settled this region living in or on the edge of a cool dry desert. It was a predictable existence, in terms of climate and weather. Continue reading

Something is Warning Us

Floods are becoming increasingly commonplace in the British Isles. Our buildings, where many of them are placed and how they are built, and our infrastructure has not been designed with regular flooding in mind. Droughts are becoming increasingly commonplace in continental United States. Its economy and the use of much of its land have not been designed in high levels of drought. In Yemen there is a shortage of water. Its development and growth has not been planned on the basis that it can sustain the water needs of its population, as the water table drops and drops making water not only a precious commodity, but also a very expensive one. Continue reading

The Certainty of Our Changing Climate

Yesterday I wrote about floods and exceptional rainfall in the British Isles and in Russia. Today I suggest that we turn our attention to the drought that is affecting continental North America. More than half of the USA’s mainland is today in a state of moderate to extreme drought. The effect drought has been exacerbated by very hot temperatures and farmland has dried out, topsoil lost, crops decimated as 2011 was the hottest year in the USA since records began in 1895, and 2012 looks like equalling or surpassing last year’s record. Continue reading