Dundee At Risk Of Rising Sea Levels Thanks To Climate Change
Large areas of both Dundee and Broughty Ferry could soon be underwater if global temperatures continue to increase, melting the ice caps and contributing to rising sea levels.
This is according to a new interactive map created by Climate Central, revealing that a two degree C increase in temperature could have a big impact, with Castle Green in Broughty Ferry completely submerged, some of the Port of Dundee flooded and City Quay underwater, the Courier reports.
Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland Dr Richard Dixon explained that the predictions show the “very real threat” that Dundee now faces, as well as its surrounding area, since climate change will not just see higher sea levels but also bigger storms as a result.
“Every coastal community is going to have to think about what changes are coming, what can be protected and what might need to be abandoned to the sea.
“The data here show very clearly that a world which is two degrees warmer is a serious problem for parts of the area but a world which is four degrees warmer is much worse, with the airport and docks unusable and Broughty Ferry south of the railway station under water.
“We need to make sure we do everything we can to reduce emissions so we don’t get anywhere near the four degree scenario,” Dr Dixon said.
SNP councillor Christina Roberts made further comments, saying that Dundee will also face an elevated risk of surface water flooding as a result of the predicted wetter climate.
Businesses can start making changes to their operations in order to reduce the impact they have on the planet by talking to water conservation consultants about how to safeguard their water resources and help with surface water drainage.
Surface water is any melt water or rain runoff that collected around your site, with systems such as roof and street gutters in place to drain it away and prevent it from building up in potentially problematic pools.
Gutters then divert the water into sewage systems and water companies will charge for waste water flowing through their out pipes, as well as for the use of sewers. So when it rains, you’re charged for drainage.
You can reduce your costs in this regard by accurately calculating surface water flow, reviewing your historic water bills and carrying out an audit of your property to establish a ballpark figure for your drainage volumes. This can then be compared against your bill to see if there are any discrepancies between your charges and what your drainage needs are likely to be.
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