Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Disasters Near and Far

These photographs are of a flood that killed people in France, following fatal floods in Poland, the UK, Arkansas, Tennessee, Central America, China...there have been too many to count recently! It is well-established that a warmer atmosphere holds more water vapor, contributing to heavier precipitation. One of these days I guess people will make that essential link.
France Floods: Draguignan: The river Artuby floods
Sudden Oak Death has spread to south Wales, according to this article found at Apocadocs.
Why the Forestry Commission insists on calling it Oak death when it also infects rhododendrons, viburnum, bilberries, and various conifers...well...didn't they get the memo that exposure to invisible but lethally toxic ozone ushers in secondary fungi, disease, and insect attacks? I guess not. That would require addressing the little problem of greenhouse gas emissions from burning fuel for energy.
France Floods: Puget-sur-Argens: A horse stranded in water in the aftermath of floods
The New Jersey Pine Barrens is apparently a tinderbox according to this article.
Flooding in France: People look at La Nartuby river
According to this study, the Earth will be experiencing violent, extreme, unprecedented weather events for the foreseeable future even IF we reduce or eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. That doesn't imply we shouldn't ration gasoline and oil, and conserve by using only absolutely essential energy, and switch to clean sources on an emergency basis. The only right response to these proliferating disasters is to make an effort, globally, to prepare and respond to the victims of climate change.

2 comments:

  1. Ross Gelbspan reported that CNN was directly told by their advertisers NEVER to link extreme weather events to global warming.

    http://www.heatisonline.org/contentserver/objecthandlers/index.cfm?id=7743&method=full

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  2. Wow, Rpauii, that is a must-read!

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