Living in Hong Kong for ten years was a daily mind / consciousness- expanding experience. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) provided ten minutes of uninterrupted news every hour. Each evening at 10 we received “News of the World in Review”, also without commercials. The news concluded with weather reports on over twenty nations. Doubtless, bitter cold affecting North America would have been included since Hong Kong is the major financial and trading location in the orient.
While all major US networks repeated endlessly the frightening cold of 2014 in the US, I do not recall one word about southern hemisphere weather that afflicted Argentina (extremely hot) or Australia. In Queensland, the temperature reached nearly 130 degrees. Thousands of bats simply fell from their places of “rest” because of the extreme heat. Kangaroos ceased bounding across the vast territory because of heat that deprived them of energy. In summary, 2014 has brought unbearable cold to the northern hemisphere and sizzling heat to the southern hemisphere.
THE GUARDIAN (October 14,2013) covered an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report in which many scientists warned indigenous people of Australia would suffer disproportionate harm from intensifying climate change. What the bitter cold was to US citizens in the Midwestern states, savage heat was to regions of Australia. Humans and non-human life (bats, wallabies, kangaroos, koala bears) in Australia received little, if any coverage in our part of the planet. If something was reported, my apologies for missing the cosmic information.
A United Nations report of March 14,2013 predicted nearly three billion people (nearly half of the present population on Earth) will be threatened by climate change if we do not curtail or cease inundating ourselves with carbon dioxide. May 10, 2013 is the milestone date when carbon dioxide went beyond 400 parts per million (ppm) in human history. That scientific conclusion from Hawaii is without doubt.
Scientists who have been warning us about threats to Earth since Arrhenius in 1905 incur the wrath of those who do not welcome unpleasant news of where we are heading.
Suffering from cold in Chicago or in Minnesota is certainly of a different nature than those who are sweltering in Australia. Nevertheless, it is unbearable and our tampering with Earth’s thermostat cannot be denied. Will we follow weather events globally?