Notice how climate change is on the lips of every government minister these days. It's as if they haven't been in denial for the last 30 years. The seas warm and rise, houses are flooded, good agricultural land is ruined, and the government limps reluctantly to the rescue - blaming everyone else for the problem.
The storms that have battered our shores and drenched towns and villages this winter are a phenomenon we understand fairly well. The computer models do a good job at predicting the track of depressions and fronts, and this is affirmed by the accuracy of the forecasts we've all benefitted from in recent weeks.
We have been crossing the Atlantic Ocean as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge for almost two weeks now, and what an eventful few days it has been! The race began with fantastic weather, and at one point we were lying in second position, which is a huge achievement - we were ecstatically happy!