The Netherlands is home to 18 million people and natural calamities’ are the biggest source of destruction with half of the country’s major cities lying in the coastal region and close to inland waterways, the destruction by weather storms in the arctic is multiplied many folds in the region.
The climate now program had a look into the city of Rotterdam and how it combats climate change and works with the environment in harmony. Globally the temperatures in September 2019 were 0.57 C warmer than the world average of 1981-2010. The sun beating down across Europe, the summer was also one of the warmest experienced by the EU.
The Netherlands faces a two-pronged problem of combating rising sea levels and storms in the harsh and cold arctic winds which originate over the ocean but travel inland to the heat islands and wreak havoc.
The intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) has pegged the rise in sea levels at about 3.6 millimeters per year and is at an accelerating pace as ice shelves in the North Pole are disappearing very rapidly.
The problem of rising sea level was a daunting prospect to mount but the Maeslant barrier in southern Holland is a strong showing of human determination and the strength to fight for what we believe is right. The barrier is 22m high and made from thick steel, one of the biggest barriers of its kind the Maeslant barrier protects most of the Netherlands from the ill effects of the arctic ocean.
When the water level rises more than three meters is when it becomes dangerous for the city of Rotterdam and the barrier closes protecting the lives and assets of people living in the city.
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