North Sea oilrig – photo by dans le grand bleu (source: Flickr Creative Commons)

Would you like to live on an oilrig? It’s more reasonable than asking ‘would you like to live on the moon?’ as was done in a widely ridiculed CNN poll last year. Much more perhaps – if waters rise and cities flood as a result of climate change.

‘UK Climate Projections, published last year by the Government, predicted that sea levels would rise by up to 76cm by 2095 but said that there was small risk of a more rapid melting of the Greenland ice sheet, resulting in a 1.9m rise by the end of the century. About ten million people already live in areas at risk of flooding in England and Wales and the Government spends £570 million a year on coastal defences.’

–London Times

Decommissioned oilrigs may prove to be a useful way to adapt to the climate change they helped cause – by being recycled into floating homes, shops and universities, according to a study by Royal Institute of British Architects and
Institution of Civil Engineers entitled ‘Facing up to Rising Sea Levels’. The study focused on two British cities especially vulnerable to rising sea levels: Hull and Portsmouth. The rigs, now more or less useless because they’ve already depleted offshore gas and oil fields in the North Sea, could be powered by another green innovation: tidal-flow turbines.

Climate change adaptation can inspire some pretty creative and practical thinking. Anyway, I would totally rather live on a decommissioned oilrig than on the moon. You get a sea view, a gentle rocking motion and a breathable atmosphere. What’s not to love?

Read more on this story in the London Times.