The Little Prince and weather

  • "Good morning", said the little prince.
  • "Good morning", said the flower.
  • "Where are the men? the little prince asked, politely.
  • The flower had once seen a caravan passing.
  • "Men?" she echoed. "I think there are six or seven of them in existence. I saw them, several years ago. But one never knows where to find them. The wind blows them away. They have no roots, and that makes their life very difficult.

Do you know what this is?


No, it's not a boa constrictor that has eaten an elephant. As you might firstly think...

It's even more terrifying than that. It's the evolution of temperature deviations in Europe between 1850 and 2000. See?

As seen this report, dated april 2005 by the European Environment Agency.

It seems reasonable to expect that the frequency and intensity of extreme flooding events will increase in many parts of Europe in the future, especially in parts of central, northern and northeastern Europe...

But, wait, that's not all:

A massive global increase in the number of strong hurricanes over the past 35 years is being blamed on global warming, by the most detailed study yet. The US scientists warn that Katrina-strength hurricanes could become the norm.
As I read at NewScientist

So, is it really getting that bad?

See by yourself. According to Business Week Katrina damages are around 125 Billion dollars. Compare that to this to recent history:

During the period between 1980 and 2004, there were 62 events in the U.S. that exceeded a billion dollars in costs and damages.
And
The total damages for all 62 events combined are over 390 billion in 2002 dollars.
From a report by the US National Climatic Data Center.

You can also build this table to see by yourself:

Hurricane/YearNumber of deceases
Andrew/199261
Iniki/19927
Marilyn/199513
Opal/199527
Fran/199637
Bonnie/19983
Georges/199816
Floyd/199977
Isabel/200355
Charley/200434
Frances/200448
Ivan/200457
Jeanne/200428
1992 - 2004463
Katrina/2005505, and counting

So Katrina's damages are bigger than fourteen (1+1+1+1 1+1+1+1 1+1+1+1 1+1) previous hurricanes, at least on human lifes.

Summary

We've broken it. Global warming is not a joke. It's here. And it's here to stay. We don't know how to repair it. We don't even know if we can. All I can think of is responsible energy use and helping victims.

UPDATE: Global warming 'past the point of no return' from UK's "The Independent".

Comentarios:

Scientists can't make up their minds. Just a couple decades ago they were worried about another ice age coming upon us. BTW, it takes only a small volcanic eruption to change global temps, as in Indonesia and the Philippines. And btw, global warming is really good for plant growth as well as plant decomposition, which produces greenhouse gases, which helps make plants grow. And just think how much more permafrost land could be cultivated due to global warming. So it's not all that bad after all.

Enviado por Wes en septiembre 16, 2005 a las 03:11 PM CEST #

Thanks David,
Now go delete your blog, please.
Cheers,
Antonio

Enviado por Antonio en septiembre 16, 2005 a las 03:31 PM CEST #

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