Giving God a Shove

An earthquake has added to the misery of the people of the Philippines. After the world’s worst recorded storm over land parts of the archipelago were shaken by an after quake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale, following the earthquake of 7.2 on the Richter scale which parts of the Philippines suffered on 15 October. The earthquakes, which sandwiched the storm, were acts of God. Most earthquakes are acts of God, unless they are caused by other enthusiastic fracking. Violent storms are usually classified as acts of God, but there is a great deal of doubt as to whether the world’s most violent storm should be attributed to the Almighty or nature. Continue reading

Something is Warning Us

Floods are becoming increasingly commonplace in the British Isles. Our buildings, where many of them are placed and how they are built, and our infrastructure has not been designed with regular flooding in mind. Droughts are becoming increasingly commonplace in continental United States. Its economy and the use of much of its land have not been designed in high levels of drought. In Yemen there is a shortage of water. Its development and growth has not been planned on the basis that it can sustain the water needs of its population, as the water table drops and drops making water not only a precious commodity, but also a very expensive one. Continue reading

A Sign of the Times

Hurricane Irene changed, as hurricanes do, into Tropical Storm Irene.  It started in the Leeward Islands, passed through the Eastern part of the United States and ended up in Canada, moving at speeds from eighty miles an hour to fifty miles a hour. Get used to hurricanes and storms becoming more frequent; they are a sign of the times. Continue reading

Hurricanes in Central America – a taste of things to come?

In the small Central American nations that make a patchwork quilt between Mexico and Columbia they have two seasons, winter and summer. Winter is a few months from May to August, so called not because it is colder than normal, but because it rains more than normal. Continue reading

How typhoons are made and flooding

The Philippines has been hit by a second typhoon. On 23rd September typhoon Ketsana started in the ocean known as the Philippine Sea to the east of Manila. It past over Manila depositing huge and unprecedented amounts of rainfall (I have already described the causes and effects on this you can read my blog), and then went on to kill hundreds in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Now we know that over three hundred people have died. Continue reading

Hurricanes and climate change

If you live by our close to the Atlantic Ocean in the Northern Hemisphere it would be wise to do something to protect yourself from hurricanes. It seems, I stress seems, that hurricanes are more frequent now than at any time in the past one thousand years so it must we worth reviewing your storm protection measures.

I know that we were not measuring and recording hurricanes a thousand years ago but researchers can examine Continue reading

Reaping the whirlwind of global warming

One of the effects of the climate becoming warmer that scientists have postulated is that storms may become more violent and stronger. Some people have thought that global warming will create more hurricanes, but records show that there have not been more hurricanes since carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have risen. Mr Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” suggests that global warming will create more storms, but this does not seem founded in science. It now seems almost certain that global warming is creating more violent storms. Continue reading