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Thanks Stewgreen, I know about the late medieval history of the river and where mill ponds etc existed. The area has flooded from time to time until the council improved the flood defences up river. As you say, much of the river and streams have been culveted although the water table isn't far below street level. Pool meadow is a bit deceptive because it wasn't entirely flooded in the late medival but it was marshy and had monastic fish ponds. But retreating in time there would have been a proper lake stretching from the west side of the city centre to the east. There are references to the river being much stronger in the 'past' by people writing in the 1500s. Swanswell was a leftover from the lake and was used another mill pool. The early city was fed fresh water by some fairly reliable springs. Were they more numerous/fast flowing in the past? I get the impression that they were. There is evidence of deeper wells being dug over time. Have they dried up because of better drainage up slope? Does the river drain faster than it used to? I know that at least some if not most of the pre war and early post war factories extracted water from the ground. Much if not all of that has stopped. Did they protect the city from flooding?

I'm trying to determine if the lack of lake is due to man or ummm climate change. I wouldn't be surprised if it flooded again although I'm not expecting a return of the Babu Lacu (name of the lake.)

Jun 27, 2017 at 5:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Ross Lea has just done a piece on the measurements of increasing cosmic ray flux from high altitude balloon measurements. It would be easy to start a air travel radiation moral panic episode - I wonder what the rate is for scare pieces at the Daily Mail - anybody know what their word rate is?

BBC presenters ... do indeed live in a bubble and the internal culture simply must cultivate or enforce it via "social norms" - echo chamber hardly covers it. If you want to see it in action (strong stomach required - you've been warned....) follow John Sweeney (Panorama / Newsnight / News) for a parade of utterly undiluted monumentally self regarding, deluded, sneering twattery. OK I'm not a fan - but I like to know what the enemy is thinking :-)

Jun 27, 2017 at 5:01 PM | Registered Commentertomo

Loads of places in Britain have the old word for island or lake in them.
But are now dry..
Any areas wetter ?
Old quarries, places where cost eroded artificial dams.
Loads of private fishing lakes around Here now.

Jun 27, 2017 at 4:37 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Times : today suddenly drinking straws are Paedos
Features in 2 articles and leader.
Plucky kid leading campaign against them.

Jun 27, 2017 at 4:19 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

@Tiny I was in Coventry for Heritage Open Day
So I was in the old Priory underground ruins in the centre of town next to Pool Meadow.
You would have seen the river in the old days.
Not only has street level risen up but the river now runs underground.
"Until the 1840s, the area we now know as Pool Meadow was still under water and ... At that time, however, the river was culverted and the pool drained for building"

Jun 27, 2017 at 4:17 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Some questions that have crept into my addled brain are about recent extinctions, and the alarm that we are heading towards mass extinction: what is the present rate of known extinctions compare with the discovery of new species? If the latter exceeds the former, how would mass-extinction be measured? Given that extinction of species has been occurring throughout history, is the present rate of known extinctions cause for concern? If so, how does the present rate of known extinctions compare with the rate 500 years ago? 1,000 years ago? At the time of the Romans? Any other period in history?

Jun 27, 2017 at 3:43 PM | Registered CommenterRadical Rodent

Has anyone come across UK (or western Europe) rainfall proxies for the last 2000 years? I ask because I'm trying to work out why Coventry used to have a lake pre the medieval era. I know that the water table is very high at that point and that the river was said to be bigger then but was it just a mattr of drainage or was there more rain? Was it a left over from pre history or the dark ages?

Coventry's demise as a leading city was due in large part to severe weather in the early 1500s. Along with several other towns involved in the wool trade (eg Lavenham).

Or are the UKs wet periods just random?

Jun 27, 2017 at 3:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Confirmation of the link between low solar activity and increase cosmic ray flux and consequently cloud cover and global temperatures. The evidence is mounting to establish the link between solar activity and global temperature.

h/t to GWPF

Jun 27, 2017 at 3:04 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoss Lea

@Tomo/Pcar we just had a twitter conversation with N Campbell/ and A Rutherford
They refer to public who write to them as "Green Inks" or loonies
To me it seems that stuck in their metro-bubbleword they are unaware they are projecting.
Coincidentally they transmit Green Dogma that rational people find loony.

Jun 27, 2017 at 2:57 PM | Unregistered Commenterstewgreen

The sales of diesels are being affected by the fears that the government will slap loads of taxes on them, not from any concerns about pollution.

Jun 27, 2017 at 2:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

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