Klimaforstyrrelsen i Pakistan

Diverse — Drokles on September 22, 2010 at 6:05 am

Judith Curry har en glimrende postering om de voldsomme klimaaktivistiske konklusioner af oversvømmelserne i Pakistan. Jeg vil her trække en vulgær sammenstilling frem af hendes postering som i højere grad underbygger Monokulturs monomane fokus.

As summarized by AOL News, the following statements have been made by UN representatives:

IPCC chief Rachendra Pachauri stated that while it would be scientifically incorrect to link any single set of events with human-induced climate change,

“the floods of the kind that hit Pakistan may become more frequent and more intense in the future in this and other parts of the world.”

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) made the following statement:

“While a longer time range is required to establish whether an individual event is attributable to climate change, the sequence of current events matches IPCC projections of more frequent and more intense extreme weather events due to global warming.”

WMO director Ghassem Asrar said that higher Atlantic Ocean temperatures contributed to the intense monsoon rains that precipitated the flooding in Pakistan:

“There’s no doubt that clearly the climate change is contributing, a major contributing factor.”

Kevin Trenberth has gone further, to state:

“What we can say is that certain events would have been extremely unlikely to have occurred without global warming, and that includes the Russian heat wave and wildfires, and Pakistan, Chinese and Indian floods.”

The Islamic Bloc has been forthright in blaming the Pakistan floods on global warming. The Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) stated:

“We have to act instantly and decide on the best way forward to support Pakistan which has been struck by the effects of global warming and climate change. Indeed, the Islamic World is paying a heavy price, resulting from the negative repercussions of climate change.”

Christiana Figueres, head of the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, stated

“All these events are constant reminders to governments that they need to deal in a consummate manner together to address climate change.”

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During an active phase of the monsoon through July 2010, three periods of intense rainfall covered north and northwest Pakistan. Heavy monsoon rains exceeded 10 inches in some locations over the period July 27-30. However, Pakistan water experts believe that poor land management, outdated irrigation systems, and logging are at least as much to blame as the rainfall.

Illegal logging supported by the Taliban in the northwest province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has felled as much as 70% of the forest in some districts.  The lack of trees, combined with overgrazing by livestock, reduces the soil’s ability to hold water and leads to soil erosion.  Flash flooding in the northern, mountainous areas then sends silt downstream, reducing the amount of water the river channel can hold.  Diverting the Indus through irrigation channels has encouraged people to build closer to or even in the river channel. Many of the irrigation channels are built using techniques from the 18th century.

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