A leading oceanographer has warned that Poland will see an increase in rising water levels, that storms swamp quays and the country will have to invest more in the restoration of beaches, putting concrete on dunes and installing gates on rivers.
It is hard to imagine a despair greater than that of a parent who realises that they have forgotten to take a child from a hot car during a heat wave. In such cases, it is usually a moment of inattention, distraction, a phone ringing at the wrong time, a slight change in everyday routine... As a reason, at a critical moment the parent begins to think about matters other than the most important one: the child's life. After all, no one would like to find out for themselves what is happening in the head of a parent racing back to the car and fearing that the worst possible nightmare has come true.
The condition of mountain glaciers in the European High Arctic is generally bad. It is particularly disastrous in many places in Svalbard/Spitsbergen and the Russian Novaya Zemlya, many of them may melt completely within about 30 years, Dr. Jakub Małecki from the Adam Mickiewicz University says after analysing data on several hundred glaciers.
Drought has been with us every summer for several years. We are still doing too little to counteract, says hydrologist and Vice-President of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Professor Paweł Rowiński. He also emphasises that the awareness of water deficit and the need to care for its resources is growing.
Less than a tenth of Poles (8%) are climate change deniers, 68% of respondents feel concern for their own and their relatives' lives, and 67% believe that climate change affects them personally, according to the latest State of Science Index, which presents the attitude of people to environmental protection.
The rivers the supply the central Oder and the Vistula are threatened by drought. The drying layers of soil will cause further desertification of areas in Kujawy, Pomerania, Wielkopolska and in the Lublin region. This is the result of the lack of precipitation and higher temperatures, says Grzegorz Walijewski, a hydrologist and spokesman for the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management.