Birmingham could be hit by regular floods thanks to a devestating combination of factors, according to environmental experts.
A naturally high water table, climate change and the demise of traditional heavy industries are all conspiring to threaten large areas of the city.
The likes of Aston, the Jewellery Quarter and places close to Birmingham’s extensive canal network are most in danger of flooding. Climate change is being cited as a cause, whilst the decline of large manufacturers and other heavy industries taking large quantity of water supplies as part of their day-to-day operations means Birmingham’s already high water table is rising.
Last year there were several incidents of serious flooding, but now the warning is that more widespread incidents could be just around the corner.
It is a timely story for The Birmingham Post given some of the posts and traffic currently on their Business Blogs.
An interesting discussion is taking place across several posts about our own track record on environmental issues, whether we’re justified in lecturing countries like China about their lack of green policies and even questioning if we actually care enough to save our planet.
There is also a post on the link-up between Birmingham’s LDV and Coventry-based Modec to create an electric variant of the best-selling Maxus light van.
Lots of interesting discussion, valid points raised, doubts and concerns expressed and far more information and constructive debate than we’ve got from our politicians for years.
But also further evidence that we are all trying to get lots more information, we want a lot more unbiased debate and certainly many more answers to the numerous environmental questions facing us and our planet.
Who cares? Well, many oif us obviously do if the Post’s blogs are anything to go by.
But what about our political leaders and decision-makers?