It’s here: 2011 is the watershed year as far as climate change is concerned.
This is the year it started to bite.
In 100 years, 2011 will be a date many will remember.
1066; 1492; 1914; 1939… 2011.
So remember 2011.
All the sound and fury of our “debate” simply washed away by the indifference of physics and chemistry.
The battles we thought important?
They’re nothing compared to what is coming.
The climate is a machine, spinning and wobbling out of control.
And so we go, fellow travellers all.
The people I love.
Those I hate.
Those I will never know.
Those not yet born, but inheritors of a broken planet (talk about a poisoned chalice!)
The sceptics, the activists, the scientists…
All of us, every last damn one of us
…into the breach.
Into the belly of the beast.
We’re in the path of a system at war with itself.
But we started the war by thinking we could play with the planet’s thermostat: “Let’s turn that fucker up baby!”
Because that was always going to end well.
Across the globe, extreme weather events are playing out.
In Australia, a category five cyclone is smashing into north Queensland:
In Brazil the worst floods in decades continue, 830 are dead:
In the US a massive blizzard has covered thirty states:
COLUMBIA, Mo. — A monster winter storm took aim at a third of the nation Monday, threatening to lay a potentially deadly path of heavy snow and ice from the Rockies to New England, followed by a wave of bitter, bone-rattling cold that could affect tens of millions of people.
Cities including St. Louis, Kansas City and Milwaukee could be hardest hit, with expected midweek snowfalls of up to 2 feet and drifts piled 5 to 10 feet. Even hardy Chicago could be in for its third-worst blizzard since record-keeping began.
“I wouldn’t want to be on the road in open areas tomorrow night,” said forecaster Tom Skilling of Chicago television station WGN. “I don’t think I’d want to be driving in the city either. The fact is people die in these things. They skid off the road and go wandering around in whiteout conditions.”
Warmer areas were not safe, either. The system could spawn tornadoes in parts of the South.
While record snowfalls have pounded the Northeast in one of that region’s most brutal winters, the Midwest has been comparatively unscathed, until now.
In India, freezing temperatures…
Brisbane, a major Australian city is flooded.
South Africa, deadly floods.
Sri Lanka? One million homeless…
Need I go on?
It is February.
The year has barely begun.
This is normal?
Open your eyes.
Spare me your inane “The weather has always changed!”
Spare me your “It’s a conspiracy!”
Spare me your “There’s no consensus!”
Spare me your “But the temperature record lies!”
Spare me your “It will wreck the economy!”
I laugh at that last excuse, the sad attempt to save some lose change.
How much will Yasi destroy?
How much destruction are all these events wrecking?
How many dead?
How many shattered lives?
How many communities scattered?
Spare me your stupidity, greed, blindness and politics of hate.
The climate debate is over.
We are all losers.