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Sunday, 21 September 2008

blame it on the climate (Part deux)!!

I shared my earlier post - "Blame it on the climate!", with quite a number of friends and most seem to have misjudged my stance on climate change. I have never denied that climate change/global warming is an issue. The only bothersome aspect about climate change lies in the communication - the fear mongering and association of all calamities with climate change. Things are often blown out of proportions and lately, climate change is such a hyped deal that every freak incident of nature has been dumped on it; it is so much easier to simply blame it on the climate.

A recent statement by the RSPCA in Melbourne, blamed climate change for the sudden increase in the population of feral cats! I wonder why this surge in feral cat numbers could not be attributed to the possibility of poor animal control, negligence, improper waste control among others. Another such statement is from scientists who have drawn connections between the occurrence of kidney stones with Climate Change.

Yet another statement of a similar nature but of rather macabre implications is the statement from the UN secretary general himself, in which he blames climate change for the mass-murders in the Darfur region in Sudan. His statement implied that the incursion from Arab Muslims into black owned territory, government sponsored serfdom, failed diplomacy, vested interests etc were secondary and temporal factors unlike climate change which was the underlying culprit. This is better explained by Stephan Faris's article -The Real Roots of Darfur.

The latter (Darfur explaination) is better geared and more plausible than the earlier assertion blaming climate for the horny cats.

Reasserting my contention yet again, Climate change is a real deal and global warming is dead on. However, linking every freak of nature on climate is the norm today. This may provide momentum for Climate action, but in the long run will hamper the science behind climate change. People are already asking questions due to the alarmist nature. Even the sacrosanct IPCC reports has been constantly challenged. An opinion piece in a leading Irish paper, questioned the involvement of the purported 2500 scientists who reviewed the 2007 IPCC report and claimed that only a handful few were involved in reviewing the report. At times, media has often misconstrued statements from scientists to squelch climate change science.

In all this confusion that climate science has garnered to date, what if, (excuse my extreme optimism) in this very natural process of climate variability/climate change, we all adapt into more resilient species and survive the dreaded climate change and fit snugly into the contorted picture of the future that has been shoved into our heads?

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