Sinking suburban "home" drifts down Thames in watery climate protest

(Reuters News, 10 Nov 2019) A white microwave oven bobbed in the water next to the large model house which wallowed half-submerged in the river's brownish waters not far from Tower Bridge.

A floating mock-up of a typical British suburban home was seen slowly sinking into the Thames in central London on Sunday in a protest organised by Extinction Rebellion to demand politicians fighting a Dec. 12 general election act on climate change.

A white microwave oven bobbed in the water next to the large model house, complete with drainpipes and chimney stack, which wallowed half-submerged in the river's brownish waters not far from Tower Bridge.

"We are watching, in real-time, as people's lives are destroyed around the world and in the UK; unless action is taken to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero, these tragedies are set to worsen," Extinction Rebellion said in a statement.

The danger climate change poses to societies around the world were underlined last month when a study found that 300 million people would be at risk of coastal flooding by 2050 -- three times the number previously thought.

The study by Climate Central, a U.S.-based climate science organisation, showed that large parts of London and coastal and low-lying areas in Britain would be among the areas at risk unless adequate sea defences were built.

"Despite our government's denial, this is a national disaster creeping ever closer to the capital," Extinction Rebellion said.

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Reuters News, 10 Nov 2019: Sinking suburban "home" drifts down Thames in watery climate protest