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The number of natural disasters

It could just me, but my impression is that there seem to have been a lot of large scale natural disasters in recent years. There have been devastating storms, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and whirlwinds.

Is the climate really changing? Summers in Italy seem to be becoming less sunny and more unstable. Temperatures in southern England, on the other hand, seem to be approaching those of southern France.

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I’m not sure how one could classify natural disasters. One could consider the number of lives lost, but this is not always a good indication of the scale. Perhaps a better indicator would be the financial cost, and figures could possibly gleaned from insurance companies. The results, compared over the last 20 years or so may be interesting, or very worrying.

Whatever an exercise of this type may demonstrate, one thing is starkly clear to this blogger: no one is sure what to do about what appears to be happening to this planet. If indeed something is occurring; maybe it is merely one of those cycles in which unusual weather events like this happen and nobody can do a thing.

Or, maybe some government got a little over enthusiastic about testing powerful explosive devices and in doing so has started a chain reaction of events. I don’t know, and I’m not that sure I want to, seeing as there is a not a fat lot I can do about it.

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