After a six year study, the Environment Agency in the UK has decided to postpone plans to develop a new Thames barrier to replace the one that already exists.The reason: their judgment is that the sea level rise will be nowehere near as severe as was previously thought. They have delayed any new development for forty years, when the data will be reviewed again.
Key to this was new data made available over the last few weeks in preparation for Copenhagen summit in December.
This is welcome news and also very sensible. Here are real investment decisions being made on the basis of the best evidence available and the conclusion: sea level will not rise above a level at which current systems are unable to cope.