Global Warming Causing African Floods, Experts Say
Uganda declared a state of emergency in September after at least 400,000 people were left homeless and hungry by torrential rains and floods in the northern and eastern parts of the country.
The floods were of little surprise to scientists studying the effects of global warming here, said Philip Gwage, Uganda’s deputy commissioner of meteorology. “We certainly expected the increased frequency of floods and droughts,” he said.
Nonetheless many people in Uganda, and most other African countries, were unprepared for these severe events, he said.
Akumu, of Climate Network Africa, said key crops may ultimately be wiped out and the food supply seriously threatened if such extreme weather continues.
She added that Africa’s “carbon footprint”- the total amount of carbon dioxide and greenhouses emitted on the continent-is far smaller than that of other continents, and she blamed industrialized countries for Africa’s current rainy disaster.
“Africa is suffering because of the actions of the others, the principal emitters of greenhouse gases,” Akumu said.
First of all, if the floods “were of little surprise” to the Deputy Commissioner of Meteorology, why were so few Ugandans prepared? Seriously, four months of flash flooding over a relatively non-industrialized continent displaces 1.5 million and kills 300+ while fires burn one of the most industrialized and populous states on any continent, displacing nearly the same number of people in less than a week, killing seven. And the problem is too much industrialization? Twenty years of flooding haven’t killed that many Americans.
Second, with a little less than a month to go, we are shooting Eagles for the NOAA’s hurricane forecast for both the Pacific and Atlantic. Given the abysmal predictive capabilities of the NOAA for what is a relatively small subcomponent of “climate” for the last several years. One has to wonder how climatologists in Africa (the least monitored continental climate on Earth) can claim to be witnessing effects of global warming. Even the IPCC isn’t sensitive to these effects for several decades. Especially interesting is that these floods and “climate catastrophes” are just as bad now as forty years ago (and we’ll just ignore the fact that if you added all the “climate catastrophes” together they couldn’t hold a candle to Darfur).
How can anyone help but be a skeptic?