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Top Ten Climate Events of 2010

by Alyson Kenward,

Dec 31, 2010

In June 2010, a scorching heat wave in Africa and the Middle East broke a number of all-time temperature records in the region. In fact, between May and June, broke their previous high temperature records: Pakistan, Myanmar (Burma), Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Chad, Niger and Kuwait. On June 15, Kuwait posted its hottest-ever temperature when the mercury rose to 126.7°F in the city of Abdaly.

The incredible heat did more than just shatter temperature records. In Saudi Arabia, a sandstorm that accompanied the extreme heat led to a number of power-outages in parts of the country. In Pakistan, temperatures climbed as high as 128.3°F, the highest temperature ever recorded in the continent of Asia, according to .

4. Russian Heat Wave

Another region struck by intense heat during the summer of 2010 was western Russia, and Moscow in particular. On June 29, the in Moscow for the first time on record, and such abnormally high temperatures lasted for well over a month. According to Weather Underground meteorologist , Moscow experienced 26 consecutive days with temperatures above 86°F this summer and then, on August 6, records broke again when Moscow hit 102°F. , temperatures climbed as , the highest temperature ever recorded in that country (not including the former Soviet Republics).

A Climate Central put the high average temperature in Moscow in the 2010 summer (during June, July and August) in the context of the city’s long-term climate record using data since 1950. The analysis showed just how exceptional this past summer was in Russia.

The persistent heat wave had a devastating impact on the country. Wildfires spread across western portions of Russia, and the combination of smoky air and unusually warm weather led to at least in Moscow alone. Authorities estimate that during some stretches in early August, as many as 700 people were dying each day. Furthermore, the intense heat damaged wheat crops, leading the Russian government to  of that valuable food staple, causing price spikes in global grain markets.

Scientists are investigating the Russian heat wave to try to determine if global climate change was partly to blame. A showed that longer-term climate change made similar extreme events more likely, including the deadly 2003 European heat wave, but there aren’t yet any conclusions on the connection between global warming and the 2010 Russian heat wave.

 5. U.S. Summer Heat Waves

The United States was not spared from the year’s record heat events. Across the East, the summer was marked by several episodes of extreme . Delaware, New Jersey and North Carolina experienced their on record, as did several cities, including New York, Washington, and Philadelphia. 

And the first of 2011 is Australia

An area the size of France & Germany (or Texas and New Mexico) is flooded, affecting 200,000 people, which is incredibly lucky. I sincerely hope that 2011 will see a wider appreciation that the climate and exonomic problems of the world are inextricably linked.

The calculation of profit is just that: a calculation. Revenue less expenses. But there is a cost missing, that of using the Earth’s resources and services.

Man has a long history of believing himself to have a “special” place in the hierarchy of life and there is theological discussion about the nature of man’s “dominion” over the planet, which may explain why we think that the ecosystem is there is serve us rather than being something that we live in. Certainly we have for years treated it either as a disposable space or one that has infinite capacity for regeneration. Strangely, economics, the study of how people go about allocating scare resources, somehow manages to miss the point that the scarcest resource of all, our liveable planet, currently numbers just one.

The consequence of that oversight has been that we have built an enormous, elaborate and in many ways fantastically successful social system that not only is encouraging people to destroy the future but is assuring them that it is “rational behaviour” to do so. That a system that depends on exponential growth into infinity is a physical impossibility on a single planet is logically obvious but as long as the party was so much fun, easy to ignore. We are now seeing the realities of what we have created.

Politicians will listen to individuals when enough of them stand up and tell them to take action. gives pointers on how to go about it

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Let's see what 2011 has instore for us...

Wish I could be optimistic but I have a feeling that things are only going to get worse weather wise...

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