''2010 World Disasters Among Costliest''
...extreme natural catastrophes in 2010, including severe earthquakes, floods and heat waves, led to the sixth-highest total of insurers' losses since 1980 and showed evidence of climate change...
2010 World Disasters Among Costliest
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An interesting article and more evidence of climate change.. I need to look no further than home in Australia with the current problems in QLD and in Victoria earlier last year..
But what is freaking me out at the moment is all the animals that are dying around the world... How many people out on the web are predicting dooms day now?
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I dont see it as climate change per se, I see it as a normal climactic change cycle...this earth of ours is not static, has never been. 6000 years ago we had a sea level change in Aus, you could walk to rottnest from fremantle. Yes, things are wierd at the moment. Its also a La Nina (not el nino) year and there has been a huge hadley cell sitting over the centre of Aus for three years which has impacted on whats going on now. In QLD, NSW and Northern WA we are underwater..ive just finished evacuating my horses from a massive fire (deliberately lit) in central perth - we are on extreme water rostering, in massive drought and have had our hottest year in 60 years here.
As far as climate change being caused by humans, science suggests otherwise. Im a geomorphologist by profession, an environmental engineering lecturer by occupation. We have been in an abnormally stable climactic period for a few thousand years..longer than records have been kept. The earths poles reverse every few thousand years, theres ice core and rock core sample that prove this, we just havent been around long enough to witness a shift in poles which equates to a shift in climate. The southern ocean conveyor actually stopped for a few days last year (its the current that takes cold water from antarctica which flows up to Aus warming as it goes, winds its way through the tropics transporting warm water to the northern hemisphere where the water cools and then begins its reverse cycle taking cool water from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere and the conveyor starts all over again.
As far as quakes and volcanic activity go, same thing, the earths crust is cooling in parts and warming in parts due to hotspots or weak/thin areas of the crust moving over magma chambers.
It might not be what we want...but the planet does what it has always done...and will continue to do so regardless of what humans do to it. Perhaps yes we have exacerbated this noticeable climate change with fossil fuels and deforestation and overpopulation but global warming is a big buzzword and media fodder.
While science tells me these facts, the human in me is concerned when I see the oceans in full bloom. Diving over the last few years has shown me a big change particularly in the tropics. Other than shallow water coral bleaching due to warmer seas the marine life (when not raped by trawling and dynamite fishing) is doing strange things....like reproducing madly. The last desperate act of survival of a species is reproducing..that worries me.
Do I think the world is going to end in 2012? No, not at all. I hope im not wrong lol but I see a cycle that has always occurred beginning to occur again. The human race is exceptionally arrogant to think we are immune from mass extinctions...
No one knows the answer..so I look it like this. The earths core could cool and die tommorow, I could get hit by a bus tommorow so why stress, lets just live for today and hey, spend your money on racehorses and travel...lifes a short story and theres only one ending so enjoy it while you can.
New government figures for the global climate show that 2010 was the wettest year in the historical record, and it tied 2005 as the hottest year since record-keeping began in 1880.
Figures on Global Climate Show 2010 Tied 2005 as the Hottest Year on Record
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Since January here in Aus we have had the Toowoomba/Ipswich flash flood, Flooding in 6 states, fires burnt down 72 homes just near my house.
Overseas while the world is obviously dominated by Japan at the moment theres real scientific evidence of a cluster of quakes like in 1906, other parts of the world have also been hit with devastating blows.
If 2010 was the costliest on record...2011 and we are only 3 months has 2010 paling in comparison.
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