The giant German Reinsurance company Munich Re has reported that although 2009 was a relatively quiet year for natural disaster losses, there have been increased risks from extreme weather events related to Global Warming :-
While the Northern Hemisphere is crisp and deep and even for a few hours, Australia is frying and floating :-
And back Up North, despite the recent cold snap, the Central England Temperature average for the year 2009 to 22nd December was 0.73 degrees C above the long-term mean :-
Underneath all the cold and ice, the wall-to-wall “two inches of snow and Britain stops working” news, there’s another, lurking reality : on the whole, it’s warming up.
A couple of weeks ago I was in discussion with some people considering what would trigger urgent global action on reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions.
Not just words and forms of words, but serious practical action to re-figure the global Economy around Low Carbon principles.
Someone mentioned Katrina. And someone else mentioned that despite the estimations showing that the damage from Hurricane Katrina was probably partly due to global warming (or, rather, ocean warming), it hasn’t been a wake-up call.
So I’m in the hospital emergency room with a very aged relative with a dodgy ticker, and I’m doing what I can to offer some shred of comfort, stroking head, clasping hand, chatting about this and that.
And I’m looking at the digital monitor, displaying readings from various intensive care technology. And I watch as the arrhythmia, the irregular beating of the heart, clearly shows itself if you stop to look at the display for long enough.