“Children in areas apparently hardest hit by floods were 4 cm (1.6 inches) shorter than normal by the age of 10. Stunting has been linked with decreased mental and physical capacity in later life.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/11/25/us-climatechange-peru-idUKKCN0J902K20141125)
Climate change: it’s sink or shrink.
“The pollution [in the south-east of England] is likely to be localised, with clear skies over Scotland as people cast their ballots in the independence referendum.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/18/high-air-pollution-levels-hit-south-east-england)
Any ideas where a load of dirty, hot air came from?
“The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) reports that more than 20 areas from northern England down to the South East are still gripped by high levels of pollution … But a fresh air mass arriving later today is expected to push the pollution eastwards over the North Sea.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/04/pollution-levels-forecast-drop-england-wales)
To mainland Europe, love from Britain.
“Pebbles from the beach were being pinged across the seawall and on to neighbouring streets.” (http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jan/07/uk-floods-chesil-beach-sirens)
The celestial pebble dash will be a new weather warning icon from the Met Office.
“The world is facing a wine shortage … [as] demand for wine exceeded supply by 300m cases in 2012.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-24746539)
Nothing environmental about that. Unless we’re subconsciously drowning our sorrows about climate change stuffing up the grape harvest. Another round?
“The RAC is warning motorists of the risk of driving through deep floodwater. … ‘While cars have improved significantly in technical terms in recent years they are still not waterproof and will break down if they are driven through deep water.'” (http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/23/heavy-rain-uk-flood-warnings)
The ministry for stating the bleeding obvious added the reminder that humans are not amphibious.
“When atmospheric pressure was dropping rapidly, the male beetles became much less responsive to female pheromones.” (http://www.nature.com/news/amorous-insects-predict-the-weather-1.13874)
And yet smut* flourishes in a moist climate**.
*The fungal disease of grains.
**I apologise; it’s raining.