Friday, September 09, 2005

Global Catastrophes Set to Increase Unless We Change NOW 

Published on Thursday, September 8, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
Global Catastrophes Set to Increase Unless We Change NOW
by Mike Hudema

Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans last week with winds tearing through the city at more than 150 miles per hour. According to weather experts, Katrina has the strongest central force of any recorded storm in United States history other than the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. The storm’s damage is still being calculated but it may leave over one million people in three states homeless, five million without power, and unknown numbers dead. Torrential rains inundated the coast and forced more than half a million residents to evacuate, leaving ten thousand huddling in the New Orleans Superdome. Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida have all reported deaths due to “America’s Tsunami.” Yet despite the strength of Katrina’s impact, it is only one of many natural disasters that have wreaked havoc in the past year.

In the past twelve months, the world has experienced a record number of natural atrocities. A deadly heat wave in Arizona with record-setting temperatures above 110 degrees is suspected to have killed more than 30 people. Renewed heat warnings are being issued for the region during the writing of this article. In July, the worst drought in recorded history triggered wildfires in Spain and Portugal and left water levels in France at their lowest point in 30 years. In December, the second largest earthquake ever recorded on a seismograph generated a tsunami that killed more than 150,000 people, making it one of the deadliest disasters in modern history. Over one thousand people died in Bombay, India when the city received 37 inches of rain in one day setting another record and bringing the state and the lives of 20 million people to a watery halt. Hurricane Katrina is the latest of these disasters, and already, 100 people have been reported dead. But despite everything the world has experienced this year, as Al Jolson once said, “you ain’t heard nothin’ yet.

Global Catastrophes Set to Increase Unless We Change NOW

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