Scotland and Climate Change
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Scotland is getting warmer and wetter as evidenced by:
- the 1pct increase in spring, summer and winter temperatures since 1961
- a 60pct rise in winter rain in the north and west of Scotland over the same period
- sea temperataures up by 1 degree Centigrade over the past 20 years.
- Rivers are in the cleanest condition for 300 years.
- Air pollution from industry is declining.
- Waste going to landfill is falling.
- Man-made radioactivity levels are falling
- Awareness of environmental issues is rising.
- More frequent and severe river flooding affecting 77,000 properties.
- Higher temperatures which are less favourable for native wildlife species.
- Catastrophic losses of some bird species through disruption to the food chain.
- Drier soil and stronger storms leading to landslides and disruption to to transport links.
- Population affected by more respiratory illness and heat-related distress but fewer cold related deaths.
- Periods of reduced river flow and higher water treatment costs.
- More summer smogs.
- Weather more erratic, with higher incidence of of extreme weather.
posted by Catswhiskers @ 2:51 AM