Just another UN plan to transfer wealth from prosperous countries to the politically connected in corrupt nations
The list of actual United Nations successes is small and arguably confined to eradicating smallpox and saving the Great Pyramids of Giza.
I suspect its plans for a “global early-warning system” for “extreme weather” will join its much lengthier list of failures, especially as the plans are based on poor science, pure speculation, and astonishing hyperbole.
“Half of humanity is already in the danger zone,” U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said earlier this week. And yet, “one-third of the world’s people, mainly in least developed countries and small island developing states, are still not covered by early warning systems.”
Today, there are about five times the number of weather-related disasters than there were in the 1970s. These droughts, floods, heatwaves and storms have killed more than 2 million people and wrought $3.64 trillion in losses worldwide since 1970, WMO data show.
With the trend expected to worsen as global temperatures continue to climb, “there is a need to invest $1.5 billion” in the next five years to predict when extreme events might occur, said World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.
The UN “experts” point to recent events to support their grand new grift.
…Last year, when Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana, it was the fifth strongest such storm to hit the continental US.
Thanks to effective forecasting and early warning, tens of thousands of people were mandated to evacuate and overall deaths were less than 100.
Contrast that with Cyclone Idai which hit Southern Africa in 2019, leaving around a thousand people dead across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe and millions more in need of humanitarian assistance.
While warnings were issued, the dissemination of the information, particularly in rural areas was not effective.
…”This is unacceptable, particularly with climate impacts sure to get even worse,” said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in a video statement to launch the new plan.
“Early warnings and action save lives. We must boost the power of prediction for everyone and build their capacity to act.”
Part of the reason for the likely failure is the scale and scope of “expert” thinking. Planners are equating the response to a tsunami to that of a heat wave, which are caused by entirely different global forces.
After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, many Asian countries overhauled their early warning systems, which can include public address systems at beaches and coastal towns to warn of imminent tsunamis.
In the UK, severe weather warnings and flood alerts are given out on broadcast media, and posted on the Environment Agency website.
However, the world’s least developed countries and small island states – many of which face inundation if global temperatures rise by more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels – have the least coverage of early warning systems.
Fionna Smyth, the head of global policy and advocacy at the charity Christian Aid, said rich countries must do much more. “The fact people who have done almost nothing to cause the climate crisis are still suffering and even dying at the hands of extreme weather underlines the cruel injustice of the climate crisis,” she said.
Clearly, this is just another UN plan to transfer wealth from prosperous countries to the politically connected in corrupt nations . . . and to the “experts” who will implement this inanity.DONATE
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