Thursday 6 October 2005 11.52am
From Andrew's post in the thread on Coin Street
> Professor Andrew Watkins of the University of East
> Anglia was interviewed on Newsnight recently.
> According to the Royal Institute of Chartered
> Surveyors, Professor Watkins said:
> "The best projections at the moment are that by
> the end of the millennium we are looking at
> something like a ten metre sea-level rise.
> "That is going to mean that areas in London are
> not going to be viable anymore and we are going to
> have to look at relocation of buildings in the
> centre of London."
You can download a copy of London's Warming - the impacts of Climate Change on London
from the Corporation of London's website
Simplistically, this probably means a 2 metre rise within our grandchildren's lifetimes.
Some people will just be obsessed by the impact on their property values, but I think we should look at the bigger picture
I suspect that Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminter could be protected by some spectacular engineering project on the scale of moving the Abu Simbel temples,
But what would you save for posterity within the SE1 floodplain?
More frivolously, I think the appearance of County Hall
would be much improved if it rose staight out of the water like some Venetian palazzo, with gondolas in the front apse.
See also If London were like Venice Oh! That It Were!
From Harmsworth's Magazine, August 1899
Illustrated by Messrs. R. Thiele and Co.