We don’t hear much about it on Australian media, however we are no strangers to natural disasters. We know drought, we know fire and we know floods. However, we are not alone in these experiences, and one cannot help but wonder about these disasters in our region, and perhaps if El Nino is really quietly pulling the climate strings. We hear conflicting reports: warm pacific waters, but cool off NSW, we hear about ‘the Blob’ off America and wonder is the pacific ocean really becoming a ‘cauldron’ like the New York Times says? Is it just media hype? Or do we need to start re-thinking our disaster plan to included basic necessities like clean water?
With no extreme political motivations, having recently watched Al Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Truth’, I was pleased to hear about President Barrack Obama urging his country to ‘act on climate’ as his administration set carbon pollution standards for power plants. Globally, with industry and consumer needs demanding supply of clean, sustainable and renewable energy, and with electricity prices on the up-and-up for ordinary taxpayers, nobody can deny that climate change is an overwhelming ‘judgement of science’.