28 Dec 2015

Extreme weather

There has been so much of it, it's hard to track it all.
This was Ibaragi, northern Japan last September after record breaking rains from storm Etau - and nothing to do with the 2011 disaster:


At time of writing, in the UK half of the city of York is underwater. The flooding is "unprecedented".
This building collapsed after standing proud for 200 years:


"The widespread El Ni├▒o effects are are now being felt in Africa, Latin America, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, the WMO said.

In Central America, one of the most severe droughts on record has left 3.5 million people in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador in need of food aid. The UN says that more than 2 million people have been affected in Peru and Ecuador.

In Ethiopia, the government estimates that 10.2 million people will need help in 2016 at a cost of $1.4bn (£944m). Elsewhere in Africa, staple crops have been devastated in Kenya, Malawi and South Africa. Food shortages are expected to peak in southern Africa in February.

“Over 39 million people in Africa are expected to face food insecurity by January 2016, an increase of more than 70% on January 2015”, said a spokeswoman at the Department for International Development." more

And do you think ALL of those people, or the next waves, are just going to stay where they are and obediently starve to death...?
Some of them are surely going to join the 1 in 122 people on Earth - 3 times the population of Australia -  that are fleeing war or persecution or both as refugee levels hit their highest overall numbers EVER.

This is the century where we, the comfortable, have to confront  global poverty. Because the sheer numbers of people who will flee, coupled with the amplification of effects from climate change will not permit it to be no more to us that just a bit of grim news on the 6 o'clock news - about which we have a rock concert to raise funds and make us feel nice about ourselves.
  
This will be part of the thread of the 21st century and beyond.

We can't still be having debates with the agendas of greed - or the merely stupid - about whether climate change is real and a vast threat anymore. The debate is over and it has to be declared thus.

If you still think it's just emails and scientists being naughty or some NWO mwuhahaha...
then you're a fuckwit, and not part of the conversation.
The end.
Next.

2 comments:

  1. I don't think you have to worry, I doubt they are headed for Australia.
    Head for the mountains folks; one of the last places that will have fresh water.

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  2. Oh I know they're not coming here, I don't say all this out of fear for my own comfort. We're like the space colony in the film Elysium.

    Except when WE do floods... we have crocodiles patrolling the streets, because that's just how we roll.

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