from Sunday Herald, 22 August 2004
When a whole Viking civilisation was wiped out by the climate turning cold in the 14th century, death came slowly. Remains on the floors of farms in Greenland show that families first ate all their livestock, then survived on wild hare and ptarmigan and finally consumed their own hunting dogs.
The Vikings failed to heed the cardinal law of survival: adapt or die. On the evidence of the last two weeks, British civilisation is so far failing to adapt to the chaos of an increasingly warm and unpredictable climate caused by pollution from vehicles and industry.
Dozens of homes and shops have been ruined and 50 cars were swept into the sea by a flash flood in the Cornish village of Boscastle. In Scotland, the A9 near Dunkeld was blocked for 30 hours by a huge mudslide, while the A85 at Lochearnhead is still closed this weekend after two massive landslides marooned 57 people and their cars on Wednesday.