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1,200 Dead; Up to 41 Million Affected in Asian Flooding


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1,200 Dead; Up to 41 Million Affected in Asian Flooding

Andy Rowell

As much of the North American media focuses on the ongoing unprecedented flooding and relief efforts in Texas and now potentially Louisiana, another tragedy is unfolding, which is going largely unreported, in Asia.

Whereas the death toll in Texas stands at 20, the estimated death toll in South Asia is estimated at 1,200 after weeks of unusually strong monsoon rains affecting India, Bangladesh and Nepal.


#2

Whether India, Bangladesh, Texas or Louisiana, those who no longer have homes are now climate refugees. But the media doesn’t connect the dots and report them as such, let alone report on the Asia flooding at all. Yet the worry in Texas is that many people will move away from the flooded areas permanently. And who wouldn’t if one could.


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Unfortunately death tolls from heavy rains in South Asia are often very high. Part of the problem is highly dense populations, terrible development practices, and poverty. It is probably too early to clearly assess the role of climate change in these monsoon rains but it sounds like it may have played an important role. Generally it takes scientists at least a few months to make a statement on the role of climate change for a particular extreme event. And sometimes scientists wind up disagreeing. Connecting climate change to specific weather events is very difficult. The most obvious evidence of climate change is in the polar regions. What is happening in the Arctic is particularly important because it can affect the climate everywhere.


#4

Americans are not worldly which is partly corporate medias fault. Yes, we can get world news if we search on line at this time but will that change giving Google, Verizon, ATT more control of what we can pull up?


#5

Usually the scientists that disagree are the ones that get their salaries from the industries that have caused global climate change.


#6

… and the western US and Canada are on fire.


#7

Are you suggesting that it is their own fault that global warming caused extreme weather events kill them?


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[quote=“Lrx, post:3, topic:44585”]
It is probably too early to clearly assess the role of climate change in these monsoon rains but it sounds like it may have played an important role.
[/quote] If the climate has warmed by some 0.8 degrees Celsius over the past several centuries, then I think it is safe to accept that weather patterns will be affected in some form.