Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I wish I were joking. The beginning of an Associated Press article carried by the Canadian Press carried by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:
This was the year the Earth struck back.
Earthquakes, heat waves, floods, volcanoes, super typhoons, blizzards, landslides and droughts killed more than a quarter of a million people in 2010 — the deadliest year for natural disasters in more than a generation.
The Earth “struck back”? Sounds like a really bad B-movie.
And just what the hell is a “super typhoon”? Is it a typhoon that wears a cape and spandex tights?
Here’s the end of the article:
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Scientists say Earth’s climate is also changing as a result of man-made climate change, bringing more extreme weather, such as heat waves and flooding.
That is why those who study disasters for a living say it would be wrong to chalk 2010 up to just another bad year.
Debarati Guha Sapir of the World Health Organization said the planet often strikes back as a result of bad decision-making by people.
The thing is, the worst disasters this year were caused by earthquakes (Chile, Haiti), while the chaos in Europe was due to the explosion of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland. The last time I checked, man-made tectonic plate movement was something even Al Gore didn’t try to sell.
This article was posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 9:29 am