26th October 2006 - For immediate release
Climate change activists target SA1 development
A new action group the SA1 Snorkellers has used graffiti to highlight the fact that part of Swansea’s prestigious SA1 development on Trawler Road is being built on land that will flood unless Climate Change can be averted.
The SA1 Development is being built on land that could be under threat from rising seal levels within decades. The UK Climate Impacts Programme forecasts that by the end of this century average temperatures could rise by 2 to 3.5C, winters will be wetter, and the sea level will rise 26 to 86cm. Situated at the mouth o the river Tawe, SA1 is vulnerable to both water runoff and storm tides.
Swansea Council has signed the Nottingham declaration on Climate Change which commits it to reducing CO2 emissions however the council appears happy to allow development on land that is liable to flood. Are the potential buyers being informed of the risks? Are the new buildings energy efficient? Or will the future owners be contributing directly to their own demise??
Climate related insurance claims have risen to £1.2Bn annually in the UK, a trend that is likely to continue. Many house owners in flood prone areas are finding it hard to get insurance. Are Swansea Council or the developers, Persimmon, informing potential buyers of these facts??
SA1 Snorkellers have stated that in the run up to the massive climate change march in London on November 4th they may undertake further actions to highlight the issue