Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Weather Disasters Getting Worse, But NOT Because of Global Warming

I found this over at Pete's Place. http://petesplace-peter.blogspot.com/ He comments on an article found at TIME magazine. I know what your thinking. How can I trust anything that comes out of that propaganda machine? Well, like everything else you need to decide whether its valid or not.

Pete & TIME make the point that the damage is worse because of where people choose to live. Are the storms worse? Maybe, maybe not. I believe that's yet to be proven. We don't have records going back far enough to make that clear. If you choose to live near an active volcano, then you do so at your own risk. Same goes for living near the coast lines. Take precautions. Be prepared for the storms and assume the risk. How come no one is claiming that vulcanism is being caused by man's abuse of the earth? You mean drilling, seismic surveys, changes in hydrology caused by man are not to blame? Its just a matter of time until this is targeted by the left. Just wait. It will happen. Click the title for the entire article.

The following article comes from Time Magazine. It documents how the strength and frequency of hurricanes and other storms is not increasing, but the damage they cause is. This is because we choose to live in their paths in greater numbers. Global warming and climate change are not to blame, how and where we choose to live is the real problem. The global warming fear mongers would have us believe otherwise, but once again they are wrong. Their agenda is based on fear, not facts. Their motives are not our safety, but that they gain control over our economy and our lives by demonizing fossil fuel usage and carbon dioxide emissions.

Wednesday, Sep. 03, 2008
Why Disasters Are Getting Worse
By Amanda Ripley
In the space of two weeks, Hurricane Gustav has caused an estimated $3 billion in losses in the U.S. and killed about 110 people in the U.S. and the Caribbean, catastrophic floods in northern India have left a million people homeless, and a 6.2-magnitude earthquake has rocked China's southwest, smashing more than 400,000 homes.

If it seems like disasters are getting more common, it's because they are. But some disasters seem to be affecting us in worse ways — and not for the reasons you may think. Floods and storms have led to most of the excess damage. The number of flood and storm disasters has gone up 7.4% every year in recent decades, according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters. (Between 2000 and 2007, the growth was even faster, with an average annual rate of increase of 8.4%.) Of the total 197 million people affected by disasters in 2007, 164 million were affected by floods.

It is tempting to look at the lineup of storms in the Atlantic Ocean (Hanna, Ike, Josephine) and, in the name of everything green, blame climate change for this state of affairs. But there is another inconvenient truth out there: We are getting more vulnerable to weather mostly because of where we live, not just how we live.


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