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Stop Talking About Carbon Emissions During Climate Disasters

It doesn’t help anyone.

Ahrweiler, Germany July 2021. CC Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/European Commission
I was born in the 320s.

But controlling emissions is not part of disaster response.

Emissions are always global. There’s no regional level of CO2 driving warming. CO2 causes the same warming process everywhere. But disaster is always local. Curbing emissions doesn’t do anything for people going through a climate disaster right now.

There isn’t enough housing, and the housing we have is the wrong kind and in the wrong places connected to the wrong infrastructure.

We are farming the wrong things in the wrong ecosystems, and using up too much of our resources to do it. And it’s all going to change, one way or the other.

Typhoon Haiyan, aka Super Typhoon Yolanda, killed 6300 people and probably left another million homeless in 2013. It was one of the most powerful typhoons recorded. Was it supercharged by climate change? Of course it bloody well was. Was it a result of Philippine emissions? It was not.
Ida making its way north east, where it would do most of its killing.
Earth from space
All that we have.



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