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The Day After Tomorrow..

September 13, 2008

Remember the movie directed by the director of INDEPENDENCE DAY?? Well, the scenarios depicted might look outrageous but that day actually might not be far enough.. Be it the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Gustav in the past week, the uprooting of some two million Indians by the worst flood in five decades, the earthquake in China or the most recent Hurricane Ike; all are just hinting at something like that… With the current rate of global warming, mother nature will continue striking with vengeance.. This year is already proving to be a significant year, disaster-wise, according to Munich Re, one of the world’s top insurance companies. At the halfway mark of 2008, some 400 natural disasters – including Cyclone Nargis that struck Myanmar in May – have reaped damages in excess of $80 billion.

  • Iran: Earthquake – Sep 2008
  • Philippines: Landslides – Sep 2008
  • Egypt: Landslide – Sep 2008
  • Hurricane Ike – Sep 2008
  • Chile: Floods – Sep 2008
  • Hurricane Hanna – Aug 2008
  • China: Earthquake in Sichuan Province – Aug 2008
  • Hurricane Gustav – Aug 2008
  • China: Earthquake in Yunnan Province – Aug 2008
  • Typhoon Nuri – Aug 2008
  • Tropical Storm Fay – Aug 2008
  • Chad: Floods – Aug 2008
  • Paraguay: Severe Local Storm – Aug 2008
  • Sudan: Floods – Aug 2008
  • Tropical Storm Kammuri – Aug 2008
  • Pakistan: Floods – Aug 2008
  • Central and Eastern Europe: Floods – Jul 2008
  • Hurricane Dolly – Jul 2008
  • Guatemala: Landslides – Jul 2008
  • Typhoon Kalmaegi – Jul 2008
  • Philippines: Ferry Disaster/Toxic Cargo – Jul 2008
  • Madagascar: Rift Valley Fever – Jul 2008
  • Peru: Cold Wave – Jul 2008
  • Nepal: Floods – Jul 2008
  • West Africa: Floods – Jul 2008
  • Nicaragua: Floods – Jun 2008
  • Bangladesh: Floods – Jun 2008
  • South East Asia: Typhoon Fengshen – Jun 2008
  • Suriname: Floods – Jun 2008
  • India: Floods – Jun 2008
  • Gambia: Severe Local Storm – Jun 2008
  • Philippines: Flash Floods – Jun 2008
  • Central America: Tropical Storm Arthur – May 2008
  • Central America: Tropical Storm Alma – May 2008
  • Colombia: Floods – May 2008
  • China: Floods – May 2008
  • Colombia: Earthquake – May 2008
  • Chile: Floods – May 2008
  • Philippines: Tropical Cyclone Halong – May 2008
  • Philippines: Flash Floods – May 2008
  • China: Earthquake in Sichuan Province – May 2008
  • Chile: Volcano Chaitén – May 2008
  • Myanmar: Tropical Cyclone Nargis – May 2008
  • Southeast Asia: Floods – May-Aug 2008
  • Sri Lanka: Floods – Apr 2008
  • China: Typhoon Neoguri – Apr 2008
  • DR Congo: Airplane Crash – Apr 2008
  • Colombia: Nevado del Huila Volcano – Apr 2008
  • Papua New Guinea: Landslides – Apr 2008
  • Argentina: Floods – Mar 2008
  • Albania: Explosions – Mar 2008
  • Paraguay: Floods – Mar 2008
  • Mozambique: Cyclone Jokwe – Mar 2008
  • Kazakhstan: Floods – Mar 2008
  • Peru: Floods – Feb 2008
  • Philippines: Floods and Landslides – Feb 2008
  • Madagascar: Cyclone Ivan – Feb 2008
  • Ecuador: Floods – Feb 2008
  • Great Lakes: Earthquake – Feb 2008
  • South Pacific: Tropical Cyclone Gene – Jan 2008
  • Tajikistan: Cold Wave – Jan 2008
  • China: Cold Wave – Jan 2008
  • Brazil: Floods – Jan 2008
  • Tanzania: Floods – Jan 2008
  • Colombia: Volcanic Eruption – Jan 2008
  • Afghanistan: Avalanches and Heavy Snowfalls – Jan 2008
  • Chile: Volcano – Jan 2008
  • Ecuador: Tungurahua Volcano – Jan 2008
  • Kyrgyzstan: Osh Earthquake – Jan 2008
China Earthquake Hurricane Ike
India floods

Barring Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions almost all the other disasters can be attributed to GLOBAL WARMING. The much hyped Kyoto Protocol isnt enough to tackle these disasters. Though it can prevent from further damaged, but what about the damage already caused?? Surely, that cannot be undone.. “Extreme and risky action the only way to tackle global warming”, say scientists in collection of Royal Society Papers. The experts say a reluctance “The experts say a reluctance “at virtually all levels” to address soaring greenhouse gas emissions means carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are on track to pass 650 parts-per-million (ppm), which could bring an average global temperature rise of 4C. They call for more research on geo-engineering options to cool the Earth, such as dumping massive quantities of iron into oceans to boost plankton growth, and seeding artificial clouds over oceans to reflect sunlight back into space.
Well one things for sure; desperate measures need to be taken and if they arent then the director’s imagination seems not to be far behind 😦

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