Floodplain Manager November 2021


I write this editorial as I recover from contracting Coronavirus and reflect on how the vaccine meant that I only had mild symptoms and many of my friends who caught it at the same time were asymptomatic. While there have tragically been millions of deaths worldwide and many more millions adversely impacted by the virus, countries across the globe have acted remarkably swiftly to reduce its spread and develop multiple vaccines to limit its impacts. People everywhere have adapted to new ways of living and working although there remain sceptics and conspiracists who refuse to accept the science or are unwilling to live differently to how they have in the past. 

November also saw world leaders meet for COP26 and while progress was made on national commitments to mitigation and adaption, the fact that this is the 26th such meeting and greenhouse gas emissions are still not reigned in, is a sad indictment as to how seriously this existential threat has been taken. The Coronavirus outbreak was rapid, and the response was also rapid. Climate change is slow but that does not mean that the response needs to be slow. The pace of its onset is not an excuse to delay accepting the science and changing the way we live. 

This month there are several articles which report on the implications of climate change for flooding and coastal inundation in the light of COP26. The World Meteorological Organization is saying the extreme weather events seen around the world in the last few years are expected to be much more common. I hope that the technological advances and response and resilience strategies which we also report on this month will go some way to helping us adapt to those changes and mitigate the impacts. 


Steven Molino


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