Postcards from the future: illustrators imagine how London could be affected by climate change
This could happen, because it has happened several times over the last 1,000 years.
The earliest written record of flooding along the Thames Estuary is from the Anglo Saxon Chronicle of 1099. Numerous floods have been recorded since then. In 1236 the river was reported as ‘…overflowing wherein the great Palace of Westminster men did row with wherries…’ In 1663 Samuel Pepys recorded ‘…the greatest tide that ever was remembered…all Whitehall having been drowned…’
One hundred thousand people died in the 1099 flood, but during the Dark Ages no one was stupid enough to blame it on CO2.