Only much lower down do I find anything about floods in Australia and Sri Lanka, or mudslides in Brazil.
Apparently there is nothing new about climate change here in the Industrialized West. In the Anthropocene (era of human dominated biosphere) disasters of epic proportions are not “news.”
“The cost of cutting back emissions is more than we estimated, but that is because the consequences of climate change are already here.” Nicholas Stern
Just over one year ago Australian blogger MothIncarnate posted his first piece “Business as Usual; The Dead Horse and Juggernaut of Climate Change.” An area of Queensland the size of France and Germany combined is flooded; the Juggernaut has arrived.
As people die or lose everything they have, the climate change Deniers want to quibble semantics. The flooding is exactly what was predicted and is completely consistent with climate science, but can we categorically say that it has been caused by climate change?
“It’s not the right question to ask if this storm or that storm is due to global warming, or is it natural variability. Nowadays, there’s always an element of both.” Trenberth
No we can’t, and it’s as irrelevant as quibbling whether specifically Uncle Harry’s cancer was caused by smoking (or if that can be shown, then quibble about exactly which cigarette caused it). Scientists can and should continue to seek to understand just how climate and weather extremes are linked, but the rest of us need to deal with the reality that they are.
I want to draw your attention to some of our friends in the affected areas and let them tell you about what is really going on in the world:
Queensland catastrophe: looting in Ipswich; evacuation centres overwhelmed; thousands without power; fears of disease; 30,000 people to be effected in Brisbane; a “gruesome day” is predicted; whole families missing
After a year of battling the Denialosphere MothIncarnate wants to move on to a new blog that will “provide a new positive spin” so that “… my grandchild can be left a world that is as full of wonder as that I knew …” Maybe these disasters will be a wake up call that makes that future possible, at least for these regions.
My thoughts and wishes are with him and all the peoples of Australia, Brazil, Sri Lanka, and all of the other front lines of the climate change issue.
“A global catastrophe can serve many purposes. One of them is to provide an alibi when God asks: And where were you, Adam? —I was in the war.“
We give our consent every moment that we do not resist.
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