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KiwiMum, Techno-thanks for reacting;

Some remarks;

-Normally discussion on climate change in the Netherlands is "global 2100"-there seems to be a growing trend to look more at the present for regional issues.
-Politics still stick to plan "A", putting money in dikes etc. For the first time there is public criticism and doubt on the effectiveness of the present programs.
-Both in Belgium, Netherlands and some other countries teenagers go to the street demanding more action on climate change from politics. It is their future !
-In the article(s) focus is still on how to deal with sealevelrise. What is kept out of the discussion(s) is that a rise of several meters by 2050 will end global economy.
-Already climate change is effecting harvests all around the globe. Here in the Netherlands drought meant that salt sea-water replaced groundwater. In some western parts of this country onions, hay etc production went down.(On the other side Dutch wines are booming.)
-There is an increase of infra structure faillures due to extreme weather.
From sinkholes to possible flooding-traffic/transport in the Netherlands is getting more problematic already.
-In the articles they picture the Dutch situation. In 1953 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Sea_flood_of_1953 floods brought damage over NW Europe (we did get aid meant for the Korea-War).
-Three major causes of flooding:
1 Storm surge from the Northsea
2 Extreme rainfall
3 High water levels in the rivers
(These three would often combine in extreme storms effecting a larger area)
-Four major sources of income for the Netherlands:
1 Natural gas (production =decreased due to earthquakes)
2 Agriculture (second global exporter after the US)
3 Financial "services"/tax evasion (For tax reasons IKEA, Rolling Stones are "Dutch")
4 Logistics (Rotterdam, Amsterdam-ports railway, internet and energy distribution for NW Europe)
All these are under pressure from climate change-effecting also taxation.

-Already every year billions of Euro's are spent on dikes, room for the river https://www.ruimtevoorderivier.nl/english/ etc. The costs will increase/explode while the sources of income are decreasing.
(Most of those measures only work on a European scale, rivers come from Germany, France, Belgium into the Netherlands)

Were can the Dutch go (to put it very optimistic) ? In 1900 the German emperor claimed the Dutch were German only "we did not know it". In 1800 Napoleon claimed the Netherlands was made of mud from French rivers (Rhine, Meusse). Looking at 2000 years of history the Netherlands most of the time were part of another country-so we are "Europeans" and have to be flexible !
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
~Albert Einstein
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