Hull Pinpointed as the UK's Top Global Warming Casualty

By Gary Cutlack on at

If you live in Hull and aren't already in the advanced stages of trying to live somewhere else, here's a bit of additional motivation for you -- it might be completely under water within 100 years if we don't do something about all those ice cubes melting away even further up north.

The quotes resigning poor old Hull to the history of the future come from Dr Hugh Ellis, head of policy at the Town and Country Planning Association, who was speaking at The Hay Festival on the problems our towns and cities may face in the years to come.

Dr Ellis said on the menace of rising sea levels: "There are one or two people in the Department for Communities and Local Government who are looking at this, but most are planning for a 60cm rise by 2100 but the science tells us that it is going to be at least double that. We need to think about moving populations and we need to make new communities. We need to be thinking, does Hull have a future?"

Hull's already doing its bit to avoid apocalypse. It has an official Environment and climate change strategy, one that publishes the ambition of reducing the city's carbon dioxide emissions by 34 per cent by 2020. Now all it needs to do is get all of China, India, Africa and North and South America on board and it'll be saved. [Telegraph]

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