The coronavirus pandemic, which has killed 325,000 people so far, is colliding with another global menace: a fast-heating planet that acutely threatens millions of people, especially the world’s poor
Extreme weather presents an even bigger threat when economies are crashing and ordinary people are stretched to their limits.
could be severe.It all served as a reminder that the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed 325,000 people so far, is colliding with another global menace: a fast-heating planet that acutely threatens millions of people, especially the world’s poor.Climate change makes extreme weather events more frequent and more intense. Now, because of the pandemic, they come at a time when national economies are crashing and ordinary people are stretched to their limits.
Relief organizations working in eastern India and Bangladesh, for instance, say the lockdown had already forced people to rely on food aid by the time the storm, Cyclone Amphan, hit. Then, the high winds and heavy rains ruined newly sown crops that were meant to feed communities through next season. “People have nothing to fall back on,” Pankaj Anand, a director at Oxfam India, said in a statement Thursday.
The worst may be yet to come.Several other climate hazards are looming, as the coronavirus unspools its long tail around the world. They include the prospect of heat waves in Europe and South Asia, wildfires from the western United States to Europe to Australia, and water scarcity in South America and Southern Africa, where a persistent drought is already deepening hunger.
And then there’s the locusts. Locusts.Abnormally heavy rains last year, which scientists say were made more likely by the long-term warming of the Indian Ocean, a hallmark of climate change, have exacerbateda locust infestation across eastern Africa.Higher temperatures make it more inviting for locusts to spread to places where the climate wasn’t as suitable before — and in turn, destroy vast swaths of farmland and pasture for some of the poorest people on the planet.
While the risks are different from region to region, taken together, “they should be seen as a sobering signal of what lies ahead for countries all over the world,” a group of scientists and economists warned this month inan opinion piece in Nature Climate Change
.The impacts will not be equal, though, they added. They stand to exacerbate longstanding inequities, the experts said, and “put specific populations at heightened risk and compromise recovery.”ImageAn embankment in Satkhira, Bangladesh, that was partially swept away by Cyclone Amphan this week.
Credit...ReutersAll those extreme weather hazards are made more frequent and intense by the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which drives up temperatures on land and in the sea.The lockdowns around the world have resulted in a sharp drop in greenhouse gas emissions, but the decline has been nowhere near enough to shake loose the thick blanket of gases that already wraps the planet.
And even if lockdown measures continued for the next several months, global carbon emissions would drop by between 4 to 8 percent from last year, according to a range of projections carried out by researchers, the latest of thempublished in Nature Climate Change
last week. As punishing as that could be, socially and economically, it would not make a dent in overall warming trends.The impact of the accumulated warming is already felt by those who were in the eye of Cyclone Amphan this week: those who live in the delta regions of eastern India and Bangladesh, and who are at the mercy of intensifying heat waves, sea level rise, storm surges and super cyclones like this one.
In rural Bangladesh, for example, the storm punched through embankments. Seawater ate the paddy fields. Mud and thatch homes collapsed.Frequently Asked Questions and AdviceUpdated May 20, 2020What are the symptoms of coronavirus? Read more: The New York Times »
Still listening to Al Gore and his predictions of more and more hurricanes. That’s your opinion or are you stating a “fact”? Quick, hide in your basements. No fear mongering in this propaganda. You sound so sad NYT But you globalists want mass starvation and bread lines Push harder and be more obvious about it People are waking up
fakenews alert! There is literally no evidence of extreme weather events being more frequent or more intense. None. More sensations BS to push a narrative. I am not a huge fan of bugs.. コロナとともに大きな問題がこれですね What climate change? No such thing, based on the current administration. Hell, they've reversed what little good changes had recently been made!!
Not enough exposure so now in a new jacket? . Climate hysteria is like a believe, they even take advantage of childeren to get there needed materials. Stop the idiots and this climate extremist. They aren’t nice people! Well it is hard to tel this story, but we are simply with to many people. Covid-19 will balance some rich countries, poor countries face double issues. In the end the world is left with fewer people more available resources and a potential viable future. Perhaps now we will learn
If we don’t look after the planet it won’t look after us. Let’s hope politicians finally understand this. Climate change back on the agenda. Pandemic done and dusted. Clima and pandemia? ENJOY! GFY It is real, it is happening ! We question these numbers. Much will come out without a doubt. Jesus is coming and all the signs are here. May people take heed and read Luke 21!
Everyone pushing the GlobalWarming SCAM belongs in prison for crimes and humanity. Stop the freaking constant fear mongering. Seems NYT enjoys this. Unbelievable! Coronavirus fear porn is apparently starting to lose clicks. Time to pivot to other fear porn subjects. Therefore we let them work in the mines to get the kobolt needed for our EVs! Hypocritical left newspaper! Stop the activists on the climate articles. It’s embarrassing and damaging credibility! Give the people honesty instead of this climate religion !
...so join Hand Wringers Anonymous, and go whine to somebody that cares!! Well god damn Can I still get haircuts or eat in a restaurant if we deal with climate change? Because if not, it's a hard no from me. Great coverage, as usual, by . We are living in a sad new reality, mostly of our own making. So humanities 325,000 carbon credits won’t be honored. Great.
You people killed the earth with all your chemicals and pollutions. You people have killed off entire populations of people and drove many animals and plant life into extinction. You people continue to cut down forests. You FIX IT! And Global Warming is the cause of climate diseases, like coronavirus...
Ban Meat It probably should be pointed out that animal agriculture is responsible for most of the greenhouse gasses In the atmosphere. We need less animal consumption and more plant based food New cases in the last 24 hours. Seems like we're running out of time. I can remember when NYT was about journalism.
The world’s poor are actually at risk because covid19 has stopped food aide. Probably millions in Africa have died from food insecurity and not covid19. But y’all didn’t think about them when we shut down the entire world. This is a convenient article for your agenda Billions, not millions. Oh I thought you were talking about demmies
So raise my taxes What this agency forgot or will not report of an item that killes the virus is heat Oh yay! Climate change bs wooooo.
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