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US soars up list of climate-impacted countries - report
AlertNet ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Laurie Goering

Posted on 11/27/2012 4:13:21 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

LONDON (AlertNet) - Flood-hit countries in Latin America and Asia – particularly Thailand, Cambodia and Pakistan – were the most severely affected by climate change in 2011, according to rankings released Tuesday.

But the United States soared up the worst-hit list as a result of a spate of tornados, record-breaking temperatures and intense hurricanes in 2011 - which suggests the country’s recent damage from Hurricane Sandy may be part of a trend toward greater vulnerability to climate impacts.

The United States, which has been on the most-affected list previously, including after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, moved from 30th place in 2010 to 7th last year.

Increasingly frequent extreme weather suggests “they should definitely be concerned over the impacts on economics and people,” said Sven Harmeling, a lead author of the Global Climate Risk Index 2013 report by Germanwatch, which works on environment and development issues.

The report, he said, “adds to the message of the significant impacts we’re already facing today from climate change, and we hope will give impetus for some comprehensive action on loss and damage” - the question of how to deal with the negative effects of climate variability and climate change that people are unable to cope with or adapt to, and who should pay for it.

That issue is expected to be one of the emerging focuses at the U.N.-led global climate negotiations, which began Monday in Doha, Qatar.

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1 posted on 11/27/2012 4:13:24 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY
When it comes to hurricanes the US has always been hit by more of them on average than any other place. About those tornadoes, we get 90% or so of the total world supply.

The climate here includes bracing weather!

Never been different.

2 posted on 11/27/2012 4:21:36 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Where my pie at?


3 posted on 11/27/2012 4:21:52 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
What are they talking about?

and intense hurricanes in 2011

We had a SINGLE hurricane hit the United States in 2011, it was Irene, and it was a Category 1. It happened to hit multiple heavily populated areas, so it did a lot of monetary damage, but it wasn't an "intense hurricane".

We also got hit by a tropical storm.

We did set a record for the second highest total NUMBER of tornadoes, but not for the most damage, or the most severe.

4 posted on 11/27/2012 4:28:36 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They are just paving the way for a carbon tax. First, us, then the UN. This is about political power, not floodoing.

IF BLOOMBERG REALLY BELIEVED THAT NEW YORK WAS GOING TO BE FLOODED, WHY THE HELL DID HE NOT PUT A SEAWALL AROUND BATTERY PARK???? The entire Lower Manhattan was flooded because that Bloombozo did not take the necessary preemptive action. /s

BY HIS OWN STANDARDS, Bloomberg is guilty of negligence.


5 posted on 11/27/2012 4:35:56 PM PST by SC_Pete
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To: Free ThinkerNY
US soars up list of weather-impacted countries - report

Fixed the title

6 posted on 11/27/2012 4:36:04 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

just think a few years ago it was called weather. How’s your weather ? How’s your global warming ?


7 posted on 11/27/2012 4:36:11 PM PST by molson209
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To: CharlesWayneCT
It was intense only because it hit between DC and NY..

If "Super Duper Storm" Sandy or Irene hit Florida...

Yawn...

8 posted on 11/27/2012 4:41:45 PM PST by Popman
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The lessons I learned when I moved to Austin regarding Climate:

1) It is HOT in Texas
2) It may not rain for months at a time.
3) When it rains, it pours and then it floods
4) Hurricanes are a fact of life
5) So Are tornado

Texas have adapted and adjust accordingly to this simple phenomenon called the F__KING WEATHER!


9 posted on 11/27/2012 4:42:32 PM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I am pretty much convinced that every country in the world is affected by climate.


10 posted on 11/27/2012 4:45:53 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Human beings are the single most adaptable species on the planet yet we’re being told that a degree or two one way or the other will wipe us out.

Seems to me that some serious research should be done to fine the space age technology prehistoric man used to survive an ice age.

For that matter, here in the north, we go through massive climate changes every year. We had triple digits last summer and now we’re going to see minus temps. After all, 100+ to 10- is a 110 degree fluctuation and millions of us survive it every year.


11 posted on 11/27/2012 4:54:41 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

My Admiral Fitzroy’s Storm Glass 19th century weather forcasting gizmo says it’s going to be calm and dry tomorrow. Good enough.


12 posted on 11/27/2012 5:42:42 PM PST by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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To: Popman

Nobody talked about superstorm Leslie, another transitioning hurricane that hit Newfoundland earlier this year. There are hurricane superstorms every season, most blowing up in the Atlantic with a few hitting Europe. Most of the intense ones are farther north than DC or NY.


13 posted on 11/27/2012 5:47:46 PM PST by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: muawiyah

So when a storm comes ashore at or near High Tide & on a Full Moon; Global Warming is at fault???


14 posted on 11/27/2012 6:04:27 PM PST by PizzaDriver ( on)
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To: cripplecreek

burp! ..... I et it....... :D


15 posted on 11/27/2012 6:09:17 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Popman
Actually, it was a pretty big storm ~ not exactly between DC and NYC, but more like Cape Hattaras to Nova Scotia ~ so there were an awful lot of places in between to get damaged ~ particularly places that go decades between any kind of hurricane.

It was bigger than Texas!

16 posted on 11/27/2012 6:13:48 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Gee, we never used to get impacted by climate.


17 posted on 11/27/2012 6:35:38 PM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: muawiyah
I realize that...take away the storm surge and the wind damage was pretty much normal for a cat 1 storm...in other words no big deal...
18 posted on 11/27/2012 7:07:31 PM PST by Popman
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To: palmer
Nobody talked about superstorm Leslie, another transitioning hurricane that hit Newfoundland earlier this year.

Newfoundland ?

Hell, ask 100 NYC elite journalist about Newfoundland and 90 % would ask you "The Dog" ?

19 posted on 11/27/2012 7:13:43 PM PST by Popman
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To: Popman
Take away the storm surge and ordinary flooding throughout the region was enough to create billions in damages.

I rode it out at home ~ went through the 'wind wall' (no true eyewall with this one) twice ~

Worst storm we ever had here was a nearly spent hurricane turned tropical storm called AGNES. It sat over the Appalachians just over yonder for several days and created massive floods that took out steel bridges anchored to bedrock.

If you want wind try a tornado ~ that's real wind!

20 posted on 11/27/2012 7:23:42 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Free ThinkerNY

And the more such pride that I see in publications and policies, the more difficult weather that we seem to receive. Wait until more prideful folks see what’s going on with the drought. Maybe an extended minimum (fluctuations more toward cold) after this solar maximum drought will make them more humble. Maybe not. It’s the greatest occasional show on earth. Let’s watch it play out.


21 posted on 11/27/2012 7:51:32 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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