The Met Office (which is English English for their Meterological service) has developed a new computer model for predicting short-term effects of global warming. Their findings: the really hot times won't begin until after 2009.
If you wanna check out the history of one the world's largest urban flood control projects, click here. The barrier was completed in 1984, and London still stands. I'm sure there's some segue here to Katrina and the former city of New Orleans, but maybe I'll save that for a later tidal wave of news.