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Top Ten Climate Events of 2010

by Alyson Kenward,

Dec 31, 2010

On July 6 and 7, an struck the Northeast, from Maine down to Pennsylvania. Parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were hit with temperatures above 100°F. Overall, the month of July was the in Rhode Island and Delaware and it ranked amongst the 10th warmest for each state along the East Coast.

August was another scorcher in the U.S.. According to , which is part of the (NOAA), hundreds of cities broke their daily maximum temperature records. In fact, August was the eighth consecutive month with above average temperatures in the Northeast. The Southeast also felt the late summer heat, with 20 locations reporting their warmest-ever month of August. Among them: Gainesville, Fla., Columbus, Ga., Greenville, S.C. and Charleston, S.C..

Even though the West Coast didn’t experience the same intense heat through the summer – and in fact was – the period of June to August 2010 was the fourth warmest on record for the entire country.

6. Pakistan Monsoon and Flooding

The monsoon season was particularly cruel in Pakistan. In late July, unrelenting battered the eastern part of the country, triggering severe flooding. Within just four days after the rains began, the Associated Press nearly a thousand people had been killed. The floods continued well into September. According to the United Nations, floodwaters drove millions of people from their homes and affected a total of . In addition to destroying homes and livelihoods, the flooding caused extensive damage to Pakistan’s infrastructure, including power plants and thousands of miles of roads, railways, and public buildings. Labeled as the worst natural disaster in Pakistan’s history, the death toll has reached nearly 2,000.

The Asian Monsoon happens every year when cool humid air from over the Indian and Pacific Oceans washes over the land, warms and then rises, cools and condenses, causing the moisture in the air to fall as heavy rains. But in 2010, the in the Pacific may have intensified the process. During La Niña years, the waters in the Western Pacific are warmer than average, and the air above the ocean is more humid. This especially humid air may have increased the amount of rain that pounded Pakistan.

7. Third Lowest Arctic Sea Ice Extent

Every summer, as the Northern Hemisphere warms up, the amount of sea ice in the Arctic begins to shrink back. It usually reaches its minimum extent in September, then starts to refreeze as temperatures begin to drop. The came on September 19, 2010 — and this year’s was the  since such records began in 1979.

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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I really appreciate the effort you have given to this post. I am looking forward for your next post. I found this informative and interesting blog. I just hope you could make another post related to this. This is definitely worth reading.

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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