Conundrum

(photo credit sciencenews.org)

(July 2017)
A distressingly large part of the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica finally broke away from the mainland and became one of the largest icebergs seen in the last century.

While immense, this is not unheard of and can be considered a natural event.

(June 2017)
Xinmo, in the Sichuan province of China, completely gone. Rainfall registering in the unheard of category loosened material enough to cause a landslide that was feared to claim the lives of 100 people. a 7.3 earthquake in 1933 set the stage, but the recent rainfall created the disaster. Miami will cease to exist with rising sea levels, scientists still trying to warn.

Still, earthquakes are natural, and even the man-made ones register nowhere near 7.3 on the Richter scale. Rainfall is more difficult to attribute.

(May 2017)
Floods and landslides kill 150 in Sri Lanka. 13 dead in Moscow after what was described as freak winds. Winds in the UK and US cause millions in damage. Scientists continue to warn about sea level rise.

(April 2017)
Sea level rise will be much worse, claim scientists. City of Rockhampton flooding at nearly 9m, millions in damage as residents flee homes. Cyclone Debbie in Queensland, damage in billions

(March 2017)
Cyclone Debbie smashed Australian NE coastlines. Avalanche in Japan kills seven students and their teacher. Global temperature maps are showing odd patterns of warming and cooling, in places not known for it at this time of year.

(February 2017)
Floods in Chile leave million without civil infrastructure and potable water. Torrential rains and fatal floods in California, India, Russia. Australia under record breaking heatwave and bushfires in NSW wipe towns off the map.

“Natural disasters”

Three earthquakes, 2 in Japan, 1 in Ecuador, cost the world a mere $35 billion in 2016.

How does it relate? The conundrum lies in why there is an absence of political will in some of the worlds largest nations, to address a problem that strikes at the heart of the paradigm that same leadership swears by.

Short answer, climate change caused by humans, humans rely on economics to fuel society, climate change threatens economics, humans willfully deny the existence of climate change, the human economy collapses.

Hence conundrum, why are we so shortsighted and bloody-minded idiots. Short term thinking, for short term gains, gains that may not exist in a year let alone a lifetime. This, again, is the failure of the human condition.

 

We begin again

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