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Thursday, May 27, 2004

The Day After Tomorrow

The movie debuts tomorrow (not the day after). But is the reality already hitting the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where entire villages have been washed away by floods and thousands may be dead?

I know that there have been huge floods in the past, as well as all sorts of destructive weather. And these floods are not caused by rising sea levels. But many of the global warming predictions that I've read suggest that most areas will likely see an increase in the unpredictability and violence in the weather before they notice a general increase in temperatures overall. Obviously it is and will be very hard to separate naturally bad and freakish weather from that caused by global warming for some time. But the massive flooding in Europe in 2002, the ongoing drought in the American west, and these massive floods in Haiti and the DR may, perhaps, be signs of human-induced climate change.