Skip to comments.US soars up list of climate-impacted countries - report
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 countrys 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 were 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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The climate here includes bracing weather!
Never been different.
Where my pie at?
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.
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.
Fixed the title
just think a few years ago it was called weather. How’s your weather ? How’s your global warming ?
If "Super Duper Storm" Sandy or Irene hit Florida...
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!
I am pretty much convinced that every country in the world is affected by climate.
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.
My Admiral Fitzroy’s Storm Glass 19th century weather forcasting gizmo says it’s going to be calm and dry tomorrow. Good enough.
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.
So when a storm comes ashore at or near High Tide & on a Full Moon; Global Warming is at fault???
burp! ..... I et it....... :D
It was bigger than Texas!
Hell, ask 100 NYC elite journalist about Newfoundland and 90 % would ask you "The Dog" ?
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!
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.