Frankenyear 2012, Hottest on record

In Weather on January 9, 2013 at 8:49 am

The stats are in and they show that 2012 marked the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States.  The average temperature for 2012 was 3.2°F above the 20th century average, and 1.0°F above 1998, the previous warmest year.  As far as the real costs of ignoring climate change, 2012 was 2nd most destructive on record, lashing the US with 11 catastrophes that reached at least $1 bn. in losses.  In the last two years the estimated price tag is $126 billion in direct costs just from extreme weather events.

So if extreme weather is the ‘new normal’  how well are we coping with the costs of climate change?  Firstly the costs are being deliberately under-estimated.  Secondly the cost are staggering and this at a time that the whole world economy is lurching into an abyss.  Thirdly there is zero political will as the last ‘climate conference’ showed, hell the Kyoto (Zombie) Agreement is deader than a dodo.  In fact the USG is actively undermining the whole process and has been for years, (not the least by refusing signing up to Kyoto).

I feel its important yet again to remember who is behind the Climate Change deniers.  In order to deal with this crisis the political corruption that is paralysing the public discourse has to be exposed and dealt with.  The significant players remain the oil corporations manipulating the political process and muddying the waters in the media.  These kind of people and corporations are the enemies of humanity.  They must be stopped.



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