Aftermath of the storm

The issues we have today are becoming a worldwide concern like the flooding we have been experiencing in Somerset and many other parts of England.

Out of sight and out of mind is no longer acceptable. We have to plan for the future years. We are creating our own problems by still building on flood plains. Our energy habits are leading to disasters. The cause of ozone depletion contributing to global warming carbon dioxide regulates the amount of heat the earth absorbs.

It is estimated that within the next 100 years, the temperatures of earth will rise 2.3c. As they rise, so will sea levels - not a welcome sight for people living in coastal areas. We have over 600 million vehicles on our roads today worldwide.

This is the major cause of air pollution. Prevention is better than cure as the old saying goes.

These are what we call El Nino winters, where continual rain forces rivers to burst their banks, like we have had for the past few months.

To prevent a repetition of future flooding, a drainage system must be the number one priority for the future of these winter disasters. Holding back the sea is an endless task. Dyke sea walls and other man-made defences have to be regularly repaired or replaced if they are to do the job properly.

Nature, however, has its own defences against the encroaching sea and coastal wetlands. One such project is being tried at Wallasea Island in Essex. Some 272 acres of coastal wetlands are being created to improve the sea defences. People living in this part of the country have been living with the threat of erosion for centuries. An estimated £500m is spent on coastal defences. As the sea relentlessly gnaws away at the coast, somewhere some people might lose out.

D Myles