Monday, May 25, 2015

Is climate change already deadly?

In India hundreds are dying from extreme heat. Rain, floods and tornados are lashing Midwestern states in the U.S.
In Colorado, the menace is less dramatic: overgrown lawns and grumbling about Seattle-like days in Denver.
Doomsdayers are saying British Columbia is heading for a California-like drought, and is not prepared for it.
Perhaps even scarier is that the U.S., often dominated by anti-science forces leading the charge against climate change, appears no worse than purportedly vastly more intellectual Europe.
The Guardian on Monday led the Website with a story headlined: “World leaders missed chance to tackle climate change, says economist.”
The story says British conservatives are putting the brakes on any effort to contain climate change.  Politicians meeting at the Hay festival, held in Wales, only wanted to talk about economic problems, the Guardian reported.
“Why it is impossible to think about the recession and climate change at the same time I don’t really know, but it seemed to be too much for them, when in fact this should have been the period when we were investing like mad.
“Interest rates on the floor, unemployed resources, so much technical progress showing you what’s possible – that was the moment we should have really gone for it and we didn’t. We did lose that opportunity,” said influence academic/author Lord Stern.
Some would argue that if governments tried to counter climate change it would create jobs and save some that already exist.
Stern wrote a report in 2006 on the economics of climate change.
Stern has a point. The first effects of climate change will be felt on the economies of states like California and Colorado that depend not only on getting a minimum amount of water but having it arrive at the right time. California, which gets a considerable amount of water by being downstream from Colorado, is asking local governments and agriculture to dramatically cut water use.
Cynics would say self-regulating forces are taking action to slow the assault on the planet.  No one wants to hear about the “Gaia” theory or effect or whatever it is called. Perhaps they do not accept that a greater force can change things, though it really is stating that there is a cause and effect relationship. In other words, it means this is at least a clue of what will happen next.
The death toll in India is real enough. American network news leads night after night with film of floods and tornados.
Thirteen people were killed Monday by tornadoes in Ciudad Acuna, a Mexican city across the border from Del Rio, Texas.

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