This is not Malaysia. Although it is as hazy as our haze, this haze is more orange in colour, not smoky like ours. It is dust, from top soil.
This is the Harbour Bridge of Sydney, yesterday. The whole city was enshrouded in a dust storm whcih created havoc in the city.
The cause is the severe drought in the interior of Australia. Yes, it is due to climate change again.
For those of us looking from a far, this may be a spectacular sight, but for those who are in the midst of the dust storm, it is no joke. they are literally choked with earth… I really pity those with asthma and sensitive airways. It is like suddenly you are being slowly ‘strangled’.
Whether this is due to global warming is debatable. Envirnmental changes are often subtle, but once changed, it is difficult to reverse, if not impossible.
I like to tell the stroy of the frog in a pot being heated over fire. I have written a couple of times on this. Maybe I will just qoute myself from an earlier post:
If you put a frog into a very hot, near boiling water, it will jump out immediately. It may get some scald injuries, but it will still survive and live on.
However, if you put a frog into a pot of cold water, and very very slowly heat up the pot, the frog will not jump up. It will instead swim comfortably in the water, enjoying the increasing warm water, not realising that the end is near. When it realises that the water is getting too hot, it cannot jump out anymore because half of it was already cooked. Ultimately, of course, the frog dies, not knowing why it has to be so in an environment which was so comfortable initially.
In many instances, we human are like the frog in the pot.
In global warmings, we do not care until the pot (in this case, a globe) we live in gets too hot. It will be too late when we realise the danger, but by then, it will be too late.
Many of us do not care much about preserving environment. I heard a story about a factory which has officially a mechainsm in place for dealing with the waste from the factory, but only 10% of the waste goes through the mechanism, the rest of the waste goes through an underground tunnel which leads to a river nearby.
This was told to me by a businessman. The official waste treatment is just for show when the DOE officers come calling. Most time, the wastes are disposed off through the cheapest means, via the underground tunnel to the river nearby.
Any wonder why our rivers are so polluted? Our beaches so polluted?. In the haste to make money, some businesses have forgotten about not to abuse the environment. For short term gain, it is putting the whole humanity at risk.
Ultimately, what goes round comes around, the mother earth will have the last laugh on us.
For those concerned about environemnt, pls also read this article I wrote in Jan 2007: An entire island has disppeared.