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marshland, wind turbines and dike

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marshland, wind turbines and dike, originally uploaded by Matthias17.

I keep coming back to this image by my on line friend Matthias. It was taken in Schleswig-Holstein in north Germany. But it struck me that it should be common sight here too. Not just the windfarm but the substantial dyke which looks to me to be much better constructed than dykes in Richmond and Delta. I have long been concerned that our dykes are inadequate but that was before I read about the new model outputs which suggest that North America will be hit much harder by rising sea levels when the Antarctic ice shelves break off. The amount of water released is now predicted to shift the earth on its axis which means that the water will not be evenly distributed across all the world’s oceans.

Perhaps if we had moved a bit quicker into wind farming that fate might have been averted – but raising the dykes must now move up the agenda of all levels of government.

Written by Stephen Rees

February 8, 2009 at 11:19 am

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