Saturday, October 06, 2007

Record Setting Year for Climate Disasters

The UN is calling 2007 a global climate change "mega disaster". So far this year 12 out of a total of 13 emergency 'flash' appeals issued by the agency are being blamed on climate change. Even though the year is far from over the 13 emergency appeals are already a record, surpassing the previous high set in 2005 when only half of the total emergencies were climate change related.

"We are seeing the effects of climate change. Any year can be a freak but the pattern looks pretty clear to be honest. That's why we're trying ... to say, of course you've got to deal with mitigation of emissions, but this is here and now, this is with us already," said Sir John Holmes, a British diplomat who is also known as the UN's under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs. He has conveyed that the dire predictions about the impact of global warming on humanity were already coming true.

In the coming weeks, more emergencies are expected as West Africa is facing widespread threats of flooding. The Guardian has a slide show of the disasters to date. You can also see the pics recompiled below.


The Mound of Sound said...

Can't you understand they're making all this "global warming" stuff up? Don't confuse us with the facts, our minds are made up already.
Seriously CE I don't know what it's going to take to make the denial community accept reality. Eventually they will, they'll have to, but in the meantime they'll serve their purpose (or Big Oil's) as spoilers, delaying serious action to confront global warming.

Sue said...

MofS comment reminds me of a moment in the film "The Last King of Scotland." The young Scots doctor has warned Idi Amin not to expell the Asian community, but Amin does so any way. Late Amin, angry with the doctor says "Why didn't you tell me not to expell the Asians." Astounded the doctor says, "but I did tell you not to." Then Amin says "But you didn't convince me" and he blamed the doctor for his own failure to listen. I suspect some day, the doubters will try to blame us (the believers) for not convincing them of the danger.

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