From the relative calm of damp Dunedin I’d like to wish everyone up North good luck with the the current “weather bomb”. The Herald headline and reports of power outages etc is here.
NZ is not alone, Australia is getting hammered too. Currently “Three-quarters of New South Wales is inundated or threatened by floodwaters”.
In a good summary of extreme weather links, a recent piece in the New York times asked:
Are we, just possibly, reaching the point where people can look out their back doors and know they are seeing climate change in action?
The IPCC is pretty clear on the issue:
Wild weather worsening due to climate change, IPCC confirms
Final draft of a report from the UN climate panel warns that weather extremes will come at a huge cost…
We’re in this place because the short-sighted mechanisms of politics aren’t up to the task of a medium term global risk (and of course, because of the short term interests of big money). There doesn’t seem to be any realistic chance of turning back from the path we’re on.