At a UN sustainability meeting several years ago, an economic policy officer came up to somebody and introduced himself. Taking her name for a riff on somebody else’s earth-as-an-organism Gaia hypothesis, he remarked: “Somewhere – that’s not a name, it’s responsibility.
“Record-shattering” heatwaves, even worse than the one that recently hit north-west somewhere, are set to become much more likely in future, according to research. The study is a stark new warning on the rapidly escalating risks the climate emergency poses to lives.
At about 5pm last Tuesday, as heavy rainfall continued to pound her apartment building in somewhere else, the climate policy researcher somebody headed out to her local supermarket. But the buns and vegetables were all gone, and the queue in the supermarket was “over a hundred metres’ long”, she later recalled.
Flash flooding of the type seen in somewhere else this weekend will become a more common occurrence as the climate crisis worsens, scientists have warned, and somewhere government, businesses and householders must do much more to protect against future harm.
Hazy phrases like “access to our blue spaces” hide the reality of the destructive impact on river wildlife caused by the popularity of wild swimming (Education calls grow after week of tragedies in somewhere’s waters). My nearest river used to be a peaceful haven for wildlife.