Sunday, July 17, 2011

Weather? Or not?

Remember the Boston columnist who didn't know the difference between meteorological events and geophysical events? Now, there is another, Alex Prud'homme in the New York Times:

Floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and other extreme weather have left a trail of destruction during the first half of 2011.


David Henderson said...

Whether we like it or not, natural disasters occur.

Occasionally, we humans create our own. Overpopulation is a pending disaster.

For reference of population growth consider that around the time of Christ's birth (or about 2000 years ago) the total world population was less than 100 million people Today it is estimated at 6.93 billion and growing.

The number of humans effected by natural disasters is directly related to population size. And of course more and more people are locating in areas generally not ideal for safe occupation from predictable disasters (floods, tsunamis, volcano eruptions etc.). And there's the fresh water issue, pollution, resources and food sources, etc. etc. that I won't address.

Just pointing out an obvious fact that most people deny, yet your link references this topic.

I do see your point that earthquakes and tsunamis are geophysical and not meteorological.

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Hank Moody said...

Are you saying The NYT got it wrong? Surely, you jest.

Elaine said...

Oh dear... New York Times even?

Dan said...

lol... great post thanks for pointing it out.

david k waltz said...

How could they forget to mention volcanic eruptions?