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Adieu year 2010! It was a difficult year. It was also the last year of the first decade of the new century.

In the year 2010 we all could witness catastrophes caused by human negligence, as there was the Oil Spill of the BP rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The Red Sludge in Hungary. Those examples are just the tip of the Iceberg. Many more minor incidents did happen, which did not get the same attention in the media. So no one talks about it.

Those incidents happened because of human negligence. This negligence must be called what it is, criminal negligence. In order to maximize the profits the companies take the chance that such catastrophes will happen. In the end the public is burdened with the costs and nature might be irrevocably damaged.

But this is not all the catastrophes that happened in the year 2010. Although earthquakes, floods and wildfires can’t be directly attributed to human behaviour, it can be taken for granted that the possible Climate Change aggravates an already precarious situation.

From January, according to Munich Re (1), until the end of June 2010 440 natural catastrophes were registered with overall, economic losses, of about 70 billion US$. This figure exceeds the total for 2009 as a whole and is well above the first-half average for the past ten years. The insured losses were 22 billion US$. This means that about 48 billion US$ had to be covered by private means!

Besides 55 geophysical events, 385 weather-related natural catastrophes caused significant losses.

According to (2) the world has gone wild and the “The term ‘100-year event’ really lost its meaning this year.” 2010 was the deadliest year in a generation. More people lost their live in natural catastrophes this year than have been killed in terror attacks in the last 40 years. At least a quarter of a million people have lost their live to natural disasters. In the terror attacks in the last 40 years, from 1968 to 2009 were less than 115,000.

If all this natural disasters are the tangible signs of a Climate Change, is our inability to get prepared for a worst-case scenario be compared to an act of an ecological terrorism? Or is it simply another case of short sightedness and criminal negligence by our political and economic leaders?

After all C.L. Hendricks is absolutely right to say:  Failure to prepare to survive, is a decision not to survive.

The year 2011 starts off with a flood in Queensland/Australia. A very bad omen indeed. It can only be hoped, that the new year will be a better one in this respect. And that our politicians will muster the will to declare the first year of the second decade of the 21. century the Year of Natures Right. The right of nature to remain undamaged. This is not some romantic notion, but essentially for the survival of humanity! 

(1) Munich Re


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