It turns out that Katrina was the first hurricane!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011“It’s not the right question to ask if this storm or that storm is due to global warming, or is it natural variability. Nowadays, there’s always an element of both.”Dr. Kevin Trenberth
Bill McKibben, who wrote The (prescient) End of Nature in 1989 and originated 350.org, just wrote a nice piece about “A link between climate change and Joplin tornadoes? Never!”
I recall when Katrina hit New Orleans, thinking this was just the beginning, that this was just the first (and certainly not the worst) of an endless array of climate calamities we would suffer through this century. When Pakistan was flooded last year, I recall hearing a speaker describe it as the worst flood we are ever likely to see, and I thought “hardly.” Our war on the climate has been waged since the dawn of the industrial revolution but now the climate is fighting back.
And it is climate roulette. All of us who rely on fossil fuels for energy and transportation are playing but (for now) not all of us are paying. In time we all will, but by then it could be too late to do anything about it.
Had this guy been born 400 years ago, he would have burned witches. Had he lived 100 years ago, he would have been one of Lenin’s useful idiots.