Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Natural Disasters in 2010

Have any of you noticed the sheer number of weather-related stories on the news the past couple of weeks?  The following are just a few:

  • Heathrow closed due to snow
  • Flooding in Australia
  • Snow in Los Angeles (not to mention the heat in September)
  • Flooding in Los Angeles
  • Cold in the Southeast killing off many crops

And these were just the ones I could think of off the top of my head.  Let's not talk about earthquakes and hurricanes. It kinda has me worried ... and wondering how ANYONE can still deny that climate change is happening.
I just read an article that said 2010 was the second worse year in history for losses due to natural disasters (losses being deaths and cost, I assume).  1980 was worse.  Normally there are less than 800 natural disasters in a year ... 2010 saw 950.  The monetary cost of these natural disasters has been estimated at $130 billion.

So what does this mean?  Armageddon?  Global Warming?  End of days?  An utterly ridiculous financial system whereby insurance companies actually need to estimate how much money natural disasters cost us???

No matter what the cause or what the label, it certainly seems that we're in for a challenge.  Things really are changing around us, and how we deal with it will be a reflection on our characters.

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