Monday, October 29, 2012
Katrina, Ike, Andrew, Wilma, Irene, Charley, Ivan, Agnes, Hugo, Rita, Frances, Gilbert, Betsy, Gustav.
These are the names of just a few of the visitors who have caused a lot of misery and destruction in this part of the world. We've been watching pictures from the satellite trackers of another big hurricane expected to make landfall along the heavily populated east coast of the US. She's already done major harm. Nobody is quite sure how much more will be done.
I know these things are natural and can't be entirely prevented but it seems to me the sheer size and power of the storms being generated could be ameliorated if our leaders and corporate owners took global warming seriously. Whether or not the sun is warming the earth more than it was there's not much doubt the Anthropocene age is upon us and, as the old saying goes, 'When you find yourself in a fire, the best thing to do is stop adding fuel'.
What would be best is if these warnings are overblown. Meanwhile, I hope you and those you love aren't in Sandy's path as we keep our fingers crossed.
Best wishes from the wet runny nose of Canada's eastern tip.