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Big Picture Climate Change Extreme Weather

Climate Change : Insurance Warning

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 :-

https://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/98a3ac0a-f4e2-11de-9cba-00144feab49a.html

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Climate Change Extreme Weather

Burn & Splash : Christmas in Australia

While the Northern Hemisphere is crisp and deep and even for a few hours, Australia is frying and floating :-

https://itn.co.uk/a5a07a2ef00bbaff25fe86ec3377248e.html

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 :-

https://hadobs.metoffice.com/hadcet/cet_info_mean.html

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.

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Climate Change Extreme Weather Political Nightmare

Overwhelming Disaster

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.

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Climate Change Extreme Weather Media

A Convenient Earthquake

In the continuing saga of the mainstream Media massaging of the facts, and framing our concerns for us, you may have noticed news about a deadly earthquake in Sumatra and a horror tsunami in Samoa, but you probably won’t have noticed the very active Typhoon season in the Western Pacific.

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Big Picture Climate Change Extreme Weather Media Meltdown Social Change The Data

Casualty

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.

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Climate Change Extreme Weather

The Trials of The Philippines

Not just a rainy weekend :-

Image Credit : Click Photo

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Climate Change Extreme Weather The Data

Bigger than Katrina

There is an incredible natural tragedy unfolding in East Asia this week. Typhoon Morakot and Tropical Storm Etau have been battering the coast and islands, in particular, Taiwan.

This really is bigger than Katrina, and we should all be paying attention.