Sunday, November 4, 2012

DISASTER IMPACT: Societal Collapse - Red Cross Declares That It Can't Get There That Fast When There's Flooding and Broken Infrastructure From Hurricane Sandy!

November 4, 2012 - STATEN ISLANDS - In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the American Red Cross came under fire from Staten Island borough president Jim Molinaro.  

Image: Daniel Goodman / Business Insider
He called the Red Cross' disaster response an "absolute disgrace," and urged people in Staten Island to stop donating to the nonprofit.  Now, the Red Cross is admitting that it responded too slowly, and wishes that it got to the hardest-hit areas of Hurricane Sandy's path of destruction sooner.  "Do we wish we could have been there sooner? You bet," American Red Cross spokesman Roger Lowe tells Ernest Scheyder at Reuters. When you have 8 million people in need, with roads that are damaged, infrastructure broken down, flooding everywhere, we can't be there that fast. And we feel bad about that." 

He also tells Reuters that a Red Cross vehicle was on its way to Staten Island during the Molinaro's press conference where he bashed the aid group.  Currently, all of the Red Cross' 320 emergency response vehicles in the U.S. are at Sandy recovery sites, or are on their way there, assures Lowe. - Business Insider.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Extreme Global Weather - The Unprecedented is the New Normal!

November 4, 2012 - UNITED STATES - A rising death toll, the catastrophic flooding and destruction of entire neighborhoods, and billions of dollars in property damage. The impact of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the East Coast earlier this week, will be felt for years, both in the United States and in the Caribbean region where it had earlier killed more than 70 people. 

A satellite image of Hurricane Sandy, pictured at 00:15 UTC, churns off the east coast of the US.
Sandy is being called the "Storm of the Century" but floods, droughts, heat waves and storms are only expected to get worse — with every part of the world facing deadlier and costlier weather disasters.  Much of the world has experienced devastating weather conditions this year. Across eastern and western Africa, a one-two punch of severe drought followed by torrential rains resulted in flash flooding and the deaths and displacement of hundreds of thousands. Drought was also the worst it's been in a quarter century in the United States, shriveling corn crops and boosting prices worldwide.

And over the last week, typhoon Son-Tinh has wreaked havoc on Southeast Asia, killing dozens and damaging homes and crops.  So what's causing these extreme weather events and their widespread devastation? A special report issued earlier this year by the IPCC — the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — points to a combination of human-caused global warming, shifts in population, and poverty. And though political wrangling over global warming continues in the United States, 7 in 10 Americans now believe in the science behind climate change and how it can alter global weather conditions.  This week, Christiane discusses these weather extremes with Michael Oppenheimer, a professor at Princeton University. He is also one of the authors of the IPCC report. - Yahoo.

WATCH: Climate change, population shifts lead to more intense effects from weather events.