Well, according to the society that deals with weather (I can't spell it but it begins with an M!), since 2000 the global temperature remained static for 10 years and has actually dropped over the last two years, so that kind of flies in the face of the messages we were bombarded with concerning global warming.
When the report came out from the society that deals with weather about the global temperature, they also mentioned the nature of the rain we have been getting in the UK since 2000. I thought it was just me, getting older and so looking back through rose tinted glasses at passing showers and summer sunshine, but apparently it's not just me. As a matter of fact, the frequency of torrential rain has increased since 2000, markedly since 2007. In 2012 I have lost count of the number of torrential rainstorms we have experienced in my neck of the woods, and personally for that I blame whoever it was who decided we needed a hosepipe ban back in March when claims were being made that most of England was in drought. I remember quite clearly weather people and others saying that we need lots of rain because the water table was too low. Ha! They clearly tempted the weather gods because now our water table is so full that even non-torrential rain could bring about floods - anywhere in the country. I hope those people are now flagilating.
I don't think matters are helped by the amount of concrete and other impervious surfaces we have covered the country with. That was ok when we had showers with the occasional dousing of real rain but now that things have changed there should be a serious policy of digging up and returning to grass so that we have a greater opportunity in more places to survive these torrential rainstorms we are getting with greater frequency without the consequences being so catastrophic.
The other problem is that I think almost universally local councils have cut back on drain clearage. I know that is the case in my home town. We have to contact the council now if a drain looks blocked and they will come and clear it. The problem with that is that (a) we might not notice it is blocked until a torrential storm floods us out of house and home, and/or ( b ) how blocked does a drain need to be to cause mayhem on the surface?
Ultimately, though, if this climate change that clearly we have been experiencing is going to be with us for good then we need to make significant changes to the way we approach, well, everything really. While I understand the need for the government to control spending, or get the national debt down or whatever it is they are supposed to be doing, the regular destruction of homes (sometimes on multiple occasions over a period of a couple of years - or one year in the case of 2012) and businesses is not going to help the economy to grow. Flood defences have to be a priority because we can do nothing about the weather and if this weather is here to stay we have to be prepared for it as best as we can be.
O Lordy, where to begin. For a start, the concern is over climate change
not global warming. Climate change caused by carbon emissions will alter weather patterns and cause a change in precipitation levels, temperature, pressure etc.