20 Mar '12, 4pm

The New Normal?

The New Normal?

Weather forecasters can't project out too far, but climatologists' warnings are becoming louder and more urgent . Whereas a few years ago, scientists said that emitting too much CO2 meant humans were "loading the dice" on weather events, making them more erratic and more severe. Now, many scientists say we're "painting more dots" on the weather dice, essentially making every weather event more destructive. This isn't an abstraction, and it's not in the future--this is happening now . In 2011, the deadliest weather disaster that you never heard of was the drought and famine that caused over 30,000 deaths in East Africa--which was soon followed by flooding in Thailand that cost the country $45bn, roughly 18% of the country's GDP, and raised the price of rice globally. Right here in the US, Hurricane Irene, Midwest Tornado outbreaks, Joplin and the southwest drought and fires...

Full article: http://www.350.org/en/about/blogs/new-normal

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