climatic chaos

Have not been bloggings these few days as I was watching the news over the CNN and also the net closely since my youngest daughter is studying medicine  in Brisbane.

This morning  i received a sms from her that the flood has hit the University, St Lucia area where she is staying, and all access is now cut off. Luckily, her hostel is on high grounds and those of her friends in lower grounds have been evacuated to their area temporarily.

Now the worry is about food, since the grocery store has run out of food.

The world is going through a phase of climatic changes; there is no doubt about it. A flood over an area as big as Texas and California combined in Australia has not been heard of in my more than half century of life; and just last month, there were snow in Victory, in what is supposed to be a summer month.

Europe and US are both facing harsh winter, which has disrupted air traffic and transportation.

Southern US states –usually sunny– like Alabama, NOrth and South Carolina, Georgia are facing heavy snow storms which has disrupted lives and travel.

Whether these climatic changes are due to global warming or not– there are many sceptics out there as there are many believers– we as the inhabitants of this globe should be more responsible towards our environment, and it is a case of better be safe than be sorry later on. Even if it is not due to global warming and the Earth is going through a climatic change like what had happened many many times before, there is really no harm to be more prudent and be less wasteful in our lives.  It is better to take steps to slow down the burning of forests, the emission of too much carbon and to inculcate a culture of less wastefulness in whatever things we do.

We should switch off whatever electric gadgets that is not in use, and reduce or recycle the use of other things like plastic and so on.. The government should encourage more green industries that use energy more efficiently and and also the development of alternative sources of clean energy such as solar and wind energy.. The next high tech advance and scientific innovation would probably be in the fields of energy, and this may be the next push for the world economy to advance further.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. CYC
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 16:21:55

    Food price will shoot up further as a result of climatic change. Inflation will be a key word for 2011 onwards. Lets see how will our know- all govt going tackle this problem that may knock off all the nicely portrayed figures of growth under ETP. U can’t cook up growth inside a lab, hard work and confronting the realities by adaptation in the market are key to address all the economic predicaments. PR exercise adopted by Jibby is going to work as it works well only in entertainment industry. Too much of politicking will ruin the economy just as what Taiwan gone through during Ah Bian’s era.

    The massive flood will temporary halt Australia’s economy. But Australia will remain a economic force to be reckon in years to come as agriculture produce and minerals will be their triumph cards as commodities scarcity will jack up their prices. Till then we will realise how stupid is Mahakutty to have swept agriculture industry under his foot and changing the core emphasis of Universiti Pertanian. If BN ever be defeated in future, it will be issue relating to economy or more precisely affordability of food to keep us alive.

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  2. mf
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 17:35:36

    I hope your daughter will be safe. I hope all the affected people will pull through from this disaster.

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  3. Dr Hsu
    Jan 13, 2011 @ 14:22:52

    mf
    Thanks.
    My daughter’s hostel was on higher ground so flood is not a problem. But isolation is. The hostel is lie an island, without electricity and food supply and water is limited but may be able to hold out for a few days..

    The worst thing is because of the power outage, they cannot charge their handphones and so have to preserve battery by having minimal communication. There is no fixed line phone in the hostel.

    As parents, we are really worried but i think she is much luckily than many of her classmates staying in lower grounds who have to be evacuated. and can only carry minimal luggage with them.

    I think the worst is over, and the water is expected to recede starting from tomorrow. It may also be a blessing in disguise as Australian dollar have come down quite a bit from 3.16 to 3.06 now, and expected to go down lower. BUt we would rather our children do not go through this type of hell as parents.

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  4. Tony 隆吉
    Jan 19, 2011 @ 16:22:24

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