Scotland rules the waves?

The Scots experts at St Andrews University in Fife seem not to have spared any thoughts for the local effects in, say, nearby Crail or Methil.

So, from our Environment Correspondent, Dr Ian Flood in 2020

In the Observer, SIX prominent flooding academics lined up to blame the Tory Government for its lack of action and to warn of far worse to come.

Meanwhile BBC Scotland did find one woman who had to be rescued from her car but then returned to her disappointingly dry house and preferred to headline the supposed challenge to ‘Sturgeon’s’ leadership.

Sources tell us that Professor Hugh Pennington has offered to pretend he knows about flood defences if that will help Reporting Scotland out in these difficult times.

This gives me another opportunity to repeat the evidence for Scotland having better flood protection, never mentioned in our NoMedia:

As far back as 2006, researchers at the English College of Estates Management, whose patron is HRH Prince of Wales, made a number of highly encouraging comments about the achievements of the Labour-run Scottish Executive, SEPA and the Local Authorities:

As far as flood protection is concerned, unlike in England, the 1 in 200-year standard of protection is ‘universal’ for all new buildings, with a 1,000-year standard for such vulnerable uses as old people’s homes, schools, hospitals etc. In addition, construction in flood hazard areas has almost completely ended. Crichton (2003: 26) estimates that “the active flood management programme currently in progress will result in almost all high-risk properties being protected against the 200-year flood within the next three years, taking climate change into account.” It is also interesting to note that the Scottish Executive grants for flood defences have never been refused on the grounds of budget restraints and there is no rationing of flood defence spending.

It is clear, however, that the more stringent building standards which are applied in Scotland ensure that severe storms result in much less property damage than comparable events in England. Also, the level of flood protection and the commitment of funding to achieve flood protection are higher in Scotland than in England.’

College of Estates Management at:

Also, from Dr Flood’s research assistant, Eva Schadenfreude:

A coastal map created by a university has shown southern Ireland, eastern England and Wales are sinking while Scotland is rising. The map, produced by scientists from Durham University, charts the post Ice-Age tilt of the UK and Ireland and the changes in sea level this produces. According to the map, the sinking effect in the south could add between 10% and 33% to projected sea level rises caused by global warming over the next century.

Not the same map but more clear:

Isostatic Rebound | Tory Bush

Isostatic Rebound

Torybush? Try not to think of that.

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10 thoughts on “Scotland rules the waves?

  1. Rising sea levels are one thing, quite another is management of storm drains and river flows, where the two meet is the third (think Perth flooding during incoming tides in the Firth of Tay), and the 4th is heavier and more prolonged rainfall patterns.

    Scotland enjoys the advantage of gradients parts of England do not, which devastates certain areas time and again, but the greatest problem has the been short-sightedness of politicians in England.

    Pressurising release of building land in flood plains has been one thing, developing grandiose flood alleviation schemes which take decades to complete before they finally become effective rather than lots of smaller interventions another, but ultimately most blame comes down to government penny pinching because they’d rather buy a giant trainset (HS2).

    Scotland has had it’s priorities right for at least the last 40 years, even if some earlier mistakes come back to haunt.

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  2. Climate change is certainly very real, and poses some very real problems for the ways we currently live. So it’s deeply concerning that Scots law is separated from international law by Westminster, and is currently being pressured to alienate itself further from Natural law and material reality. Though I suppose that has been ongoing since 1706.

    Climate Change, Human Rights, & The Rule of Law:
    Untangling the Rights-Rule of Law Relationship in the Climate Change Context


    1. I promised myself I wouldn’t engage, but to hell with it. Since when did the weather or water obey Scots or any other Law, was that not the point Knut tried to make ?
      Don’t diverge from the question with endless quotations from learned journals and juriceprudence, it’s a simple enough question of mathematics stemming from “is it raining what do we do ?”.
      Open the window to the possibility Nature is not confined by man or man’s laws.

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  3. Professor Droonyequik, of Hardnok Yooniversity tells BBC North Brits-R-Us radio, that Sturgeon must stop tilting the UK.
    Lard Baron Ffoulksakia fulsomely agrees —“she is doing this deliberately”, and —-“I can hardly put my 50 year old *Wee Goldie* flat on the table, without it coupin'”.

    The future of the Union and the world depends on this.
    Baron Bellyup Robertscone tells us, aliens are circling and only Trident can save Scotland now.
    Trident and more Peers.
    Many more Peers!

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  4. There are already huge problems due to climate change, in many countries, usually affecting the poorer ones. The science is there, the research is ongoing, it’s very real. The Tory rags in Scotland are telling us nothing new, their intentions are to blame the SNP for anything and everything, all bad bad bad.

    Btw John, my virus checker just blocked a ‘suspicious connection’, the name? ‘’!


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