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Pakistan floods: Climate change experts say global warming could be the cause

August 10, 2010

From The Telegraph

Almost 14 million people have been affected by the torrential rains in Pakistan, making it a more serious humanitarian disaster than the South Asian tsunami and recent earthquakes in Kashmir and Haiti combined.

The disaster was driven by a ‘supercharged jet stream’ that has also caused floods in China and a prolonged heatwave in Russia.

It comes after flash floods in France and Eastern Europe killed more than 30 people over the summer.

Experts from the United Nations (UN) and universities around the world said the recent “extreme weather events” prove global warming is already happening.

Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, vice-president of the body set up by the UN to monitor global warming, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said the ‘dramatic’ weather patterns are consistent with changes in the climate caused by mankind.

“These are events which reproduce and intensify in a climate disturbed by greenhouse gas pollution,” he said.

“Extreme events are one of the ways in which climatic changes become dramatically visible.”

The UN has rated the floods in Pakistan as the greatest humanitarian crisis in recent history, with 13.8 million people affected and 1,600 dead.

Flooding in China has killed more than 1,100 people this year and caused tens of billions of dollars in damage across 28 provinces and regions.

In Russia the morgues are overflowing in Moscow and wildfires are raging in the countryside after the worst heatwave in 130 years.

Dr Peter Stott, head of climate monitoring and attribution at the Met Office, said it was impossible to attribute any one of these particular weather events to global warming alone.

But he said there is “clear evidence” of an increase in the frequency of extreme weather events because of climate change.

“The odds of such extreme events are rapidly shortening and could become considered the norm by the middle of this century,” he warned.

Dr Stott also said global warming is likely to be make extreme events worse. For example, when there is more heat in the atmosphere it holds more water and therefore floods in places like Pakistan are heavier.

From The Telegraph

Some important links to specific problem areas:

Russian Fires/Drought: Russian Fires, Heat Waves, and a Drive Through Hell (Video) at

http://news.discovery.com/earth/russian-fires-heat-waves-and-a-drive-through-hell-video.html

And one at http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=1568

Pakistan Floods-Flood/Damage and crop destructions: UN says Pakistan floods worst disaster in history at

http://www.examiner.com/x-4454-Geopolitics-Examiner~y2010m8d10-UN-says-Pakistan-floods-worst-in-history

And one at http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/show.html

Chinese Mudslide: China Mudslide Points to Costs of Deforestation at

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703435104575421170100705034.html

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. JOe permalink
    August 16, 2010 2:18 am

    Almost 2 years ago I read a message that was transmitted to Marshall, Violent
    Weather I think, where he explains what we are starting to see in the patterns of weather. I mean the weather has always been harsh at times, but these events that are happening now at these rates are not normal, there’s something wrong in the climate. A month ago I was in my home with sunny skies and then out the nothing comes this storm with flash floods and hurricane types winds, everybody panic, since then i have notice strange clouds formation that i never seen before. but who knows maybe is the haarp or something because some of these events are happening where poor people live. and i don’t believe the weather is selective.

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