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Derry’s “Climate Conference”

March 14, 2019

By Paul Homewood


More news you can “trust” from the BBC!


A Northern Ireland council has become the region’s first to look at ways of mitigating the effects of climate change.

It is being run by Derry City and Strabane Council, which saw serious flooding in the summer of 2017.

One hundred people had to be rescued in the north west as two thirds of August’s rainfall came down in nine hours.

Bridges crumbled, cars were washed away and homes and businesses destroyed.

Now experts from London, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland are gathering to offer advice on how to cope with future events.

The conference will examine the council’s emergency planning to see how it might be improved.

But it will also look at use of public spaces to mitigate the effects of flooding and other climate change conditions.

The council owns 230 public spaces in the district.

One of them is Culmore Point Park on the banks of the Foyle.

For more than 30 years it was the city dump, taking thousands of tonnes of domestic rubbish.

It has now been closed, capped and turned into a public park and nature reserve.

But it has also been engineered to provide salt marsh and mud flat habitat for breeding waders.

But the lagoons also double as a sink for sea water during high tide and storm surges which prevents seawater moving up the Foyle and causing problems in the city.

The idea of such so-called "green infrastructure" is to provide a network of interlinked spaces that can be used by the public, whilst simultaneously creating wildlife habitat and helping to manage climate change risk.

The council effort to address climate change predates the 2017 floods.


As we all know, there never used to be floods in Northern Ireland!


The Met Office confirm that rainfall in the area peaked at 61.6mm at Lough Fea, which is about two thirds of the average for the month.





But how unusual is this?

The daily rainfall record for N Ireland is way above the Lough Fea event, and was set in 1968, when 159mm fell at Tollymore.



The Met Office monthly report in 1968 indicated that the rainfall was particularly heavy and widespread across the north of England and Scotland as well:



Across N Ireland as a whole, rainfall on 31st October 1968 averaged 52.57mm, the second highest on the record dating back to 1931. By contrast, on the day of the Derry floods in 2017, the average for N Ireland was just 25.1mm:



Indeed the late 1960s were notable for exceptionally heavy rainfall in the Province. The wettest day there was 15th August 1970, and it was also very wet in Nov 1969.









Note that the exceptionally heavy rainfall in August 1970 severely affected other parts of the UK as well.


Northern Ireland simply has not had such rainfall since.


Climate Conference?


In fact, the BBC is being rather devious by describing the event as a “Climate Conference”.

The conference blurb reveals that it is really about “green infrastructure”, in other words the provision of green spaces and waterways.

One particular aspect is the rewilding of low lying areas, which can be used as flood defences. labelling it as “climate resilience” will no doubt attract funding, but it has nothing to do with “climate” at all.

  1. March 14, 2019 3:07 pm

    The BBC Climate Scam agenda strikes again.😱😱😱

  2. Saighdear permalink
    March 14, 2019 5:31 pm

    Uh huh, ….” …(two thirds)… of August’s rainfall came down in nine hours.” ….
    When I read or hear such comments …… Intelligence and education and many other junk things spring to mind..
    We in N Scotland sometimes get ALL a month’s rain in 1 HOUR ! ….. what DOES that tell anyone. …. and THAT represents the quality of or Journalists and Politico in the UK
    More Junk science and fake news.

  3. Athelstan. permalink
    March 14, 2019 7:04 pm

    if they’re worrying about something to which they can have absolutely FA influence on and advertizing the fact then what are they not concentrating on but should be focusing on? All of this eejitery – is sheer grandstanding SJW showboating green virtue signalling on stilts and shouts loud that and about – too many idle local government civil servants doing anything but, what they’re paid so to do.

    • Jon Scott permalink
      March 15, 2019 5:24 pm

      The problem is of course that with this hysteria come a raft of worthless virtue signaling jobs which the long suffering rate payer will have to fund and expense as they attend courses containing at best dubious science oh and of course attend climate hysteria conferences.

  4. March 14, 2019 7:24 pm

    It looks like the “deep state” is not just a conspiracy theory, how long will it be before every public body has a climate emergency, conference and strike? These memes, together with exploitation of extreme weather events, are coming from a lavishly funded (by guess who) Green Blob.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle permalink
    March 14, 2019 9:32 pm

    Local councils have occasional brain explosions. My local council decided in 2010 to produce a Peak Oil Policy. This is just as the world was going through a shale oil boom of historic proportions. It’d be amusing except for the rate increases I have to pay.

    Councils should stick to garbage collection and fixing potholes in roads.

    • Athelstan. permalink
      March 14, 2019 11:29 pm

      “It’d be amusing except for the rate increases I have to pay.”

      Local council tax bill due(s) to fall on our mats come the next few days, it will be another thumping increase over and above inflation and still they’ll claim poverty – admittedly most of the money goes on paying their index linked, gold plated pension liabilty and – um bloated salaries for all the lovely paper clip assessors and on which they’re always recruiting – this mind boggling Empire building is an egregious encroachment and laying down the law to any and everyone – this cannot be afforded any longer.

      Something’s got to give, we ain’t rich like Aussies.

    • Derek Buxton permalink
      March 15, 2019 10:38 am

      What, you want them to do some good to their fiefdoms? Whatever next, reducing the Council Tax bills?

  6. David permalink
    March 15, 2019 11:49 am

    Paul, did you see the article by Ingrid Holmes in the Business section of Wednesday’s Telegraph? I think she might have all the answers!

  7. Saighdear permalink
    March 15, 2019 12:18 pm

    BBC news this now (noon) … BRISTOL is the latest Concil to be bothered about climate change

  8. A C Osborn permalink
    March 15, 2019 1:27 pm

    As we know from the rest of the UK, what they should be planning is
    River Dredging
    Calvert clearing
    Ditch clearing
    Tree planting
    River divertion
    and of course building up river banks where required
    What we get is Green wafflegab.

    • Saighdear permalink
      March 15, 2019 2:00 pm

      huh, BBC Scotland reporting on plans to bildmore micro hydro stations in Glen Etive area:Make of it what yo will. When you see from the report, how little disturbance NOW, it all seems another Green Blob on the Airwaves

  9. Coeur de Lion permalink
    March 15, 2019 5:33 pm

    Little lies by the BBC as usual

  10. matthew dalby permalink
    March 16, 2019 11:45 pm

    Apart from using the term “climate change” it seems like the council is being quite sensible. Extreme weather events have always happened and will continue to happen therefore it makes sense to do whatever can be done to try and minimize the impacts. It’s a much better use of public money than hiring consultants to advise the council how to become carbon neutral.

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