I've been on holiday this week, though because of two furry things, I don't go away, except the odd day trip. I did two this week, one to Portsmouth and the other to Bath.
All in all the weather has been the worst I can remember for a summer. June was the wettest on record, and July seems intent on beating it. Parts of Devon, the next county over from me, had a month's rain in 24 hours, I think we must have been close behind because it tipped down all day. I did go out because I wanted my Guardian for the weekend and I got some more furry food, although they'd just as soon eat mine.
I watched the TdF again and the sunshine there made me envious, it was still raining outside albeit less hard than earlier. I've ridden a bike twice - to go shopping. Tomorrow we have a ride, but half the roads we use will be under H2O.
The scientists keep on about climate change and global warming. Well I try to do my bit and use the bike instead of the car when I can, but the weather seems intent on preventing me doing that. As for the global warming bit, we've had the coldest summer since the ice age as well as the wettest, so I'd like to put in an official complaint about that too.
I'm way behind with my riding, as I don't ride in the wet unless it starts after I have, because I get cramp and aches and pains later on.
Okay, my grumbles are minuscule compared to the people who drowned in Russia with the flooding there, or the dozens who were killed in the States with the storms the other week. If the scientists are correct and we are in danger of drowning or dehydrating depending upon where we live, why aren't we doing something about reducing the CO2 and other greenhouse gasses instead of just pissing about with conferences that achieve bugger all.
For those of you wondering who are the main offenders: (from wiki)
Motor vehicle emissions are one of the leading causes of air pollution. China, United States, Russia, Mexico, and Japan are the world leaders in air pollution emissions. Principal stationary pollution sources include chemical plants, coal-fired power plants, oil refineries, petrochemical plants, nuclear waste disposal activity, incinerators, large livestock farms (dairy cows, pigs, poultry, etc.), PVC factories, metals production factories, plastics factories, and other heavy industry. Agricultural air pollution comes from contemporary practices which include clear felling and burning of natural vegetation as well as spraying of pesticides and herbicides
About 400 million metric tons of hazardous wastes are generated each year. The United States alone produces about 250 million metric tons. Americans constitute less than 5% of the world's population, but produce roughly 25% of the world’s CO2, and generate approximately 30% of world’s waste. In 2007, China has overtaken the United States as the world's biggest producer of CO2, while still far behind based on per capita pollution - ranked 78th among the world's nations.
Now, where do I complain?