Headline, July 29 2021/ ''' '' CLIMATE NATURE *CLIMAX '' '''


 *CLIMAX '' '''

''I SAY THIS AS A GERMAN : THE IDEA THAT YOU COULD POSSIBLY DIE from weather is completely alien,'' said Friederike Otto, a physicist at Oxford University, who studies the links between extreme weather and climate change.

''There is not even a realization that adaptation is something that we have to do right now. We have to save lives.''

There seems to be some justice in the way nature is hitting back at those most responsible for causing climate change. Global warming and its many consequences are seriously affecting the industrial West that have burnt fossil fuels to fire its industrialization.

The United States, Britain and Germany were among the countries that burnt coal and oil to provide the energy industrial growth needed in the late 19th and most of the 20th centuries. In the debate leading up to the signing of the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, the developing world argued that it should not be punished for the mistakes made by the rich.

They pleaded for the West to pay a significant part of the price that was now being exacted to control the emission of greenhouse gases. Their campaign went mostly unheeded but then nature struck.

Days before Europe was hit by floods, A European weather agency issued a warning based on detailed weather models. It was predicted that Germany and some of the neighbouring countries will see river surges not seen in 500 or even 1,000 years. Floods in Germany will have political consequences.

The country is holding national elections on September 26, 2021 when the long-serving Angela Merkel will step down and a new chancellor would take her place. The contest is between the conservatives and the Green Party.

Armin Laschet is the conservative leader of North-Rhine-Westphalia, the state that was hit hardest by the floods. The German emergency response system relies heavily on local governments since their leaders are supposed to be informed about local conditions.

That is not the way nature was supposed to punish mankind for the irresponsible ways in which it had gone about interfering with natural forces.

''Some of Europe's richest countries lay in disarray last weekend as raging rivers burst through their banks in Germany and Belgium, submerging towns, slamming parked cars against trees and leaving European shellshocked at the intensity of the destruction,'' wrote Somini Sengupta on July 18, in her coverage for The New York Times of the crisis in Europe caused by weather events. Unprecedented rains caused the floods which took over 170 lives - some still missing.

Sengupta continued her news analysis by recounting what had happened in other parts of the rich world. ''Only days before in the northwestern United States, a region famed for its cool, foggy weather, hundreds had died of heat.

In Canada, wildfire had burned a village off the map. And this weekend the northern Rocky mountains were bracing for yet another heat wave, as wildfires spread spread across 12 states in the American West.''

The human tragedies occurring in these parts of the rich world underscored two essential truth about science and history; the world was neither prepared to slow down climate change, nor live with it. The US was the most at fault, Donald Trump, its former president, had done a great deal of damage to the country's climate-related policies.

He not only took his country out of the Paris Accord, but also reversed several policies Barack Obama, his immediate predecessor, had adopted. At one point Trump called ''climate change'' a Chinese hoax thought of by the leadership in Beijing to slow down economic growth in the West.

The events in Europe, Canada, and western US were anticipated by scientists. A detailed statement issued by experts in 018 warned that a failure to keep the average global temperatures from rising past 1.5 degrees Celsius compared with the start of the industrial age could being about catastrophic results from the inundation of coastal cities to crop failures in various parts of the world.

''While not all are affected, the tragic events in Europe are a reminder that in the climate emergency, no one is safe, whether they live in a small island nation like mine or a developed Western European nation,'' said Mohammed Nasheed, the former president of Maldives.

That just about sums up the truth.

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Climate Change and the World, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Somini Sengupta and Shahid Javed Burki, former VP of the World Bank.

With respectful dedication to the Leaders, Climate Scientists, Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all prepare and register for Great Global Elections on The World Students Society : wssciw.blogspot.com and Twitter - !E-WOW! - The Ecosystem 2011 :

Good Night and God Bless

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