After Katrina, Rita, and Stan, Hurricane Wilma has left another trail of devastation through the Caribbean, on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Western Cuba and Florida.
Man braves flood waters in his destroyed village during the aftermath of Hurricane Stan. Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands left homeless by extensive flooding in Mexico.
Mexico and Florida were hardest hit by Wilma. Mexico has just
suffered extensiveflooding, landslides and loss of life due to
Hurricane Stan. OnWednesday 19 Oct, Wilma was measured as the
strongest hurricane everyrecorded. The 2005 North Atlantic
hurricane season has been one of themost intense since records
began in 1851. Only 1969 had as manyhurricanes as this year.
Out of names
Apparently the body responsible for naming hurricanes will have
tostart with the Greek alphabet if there is a new hurricane this
season,having run out of suitable letters in the alphabet to name
Unparalleled destruction due to hurricanes and the Amazon
severe drought might be providing a little peek into ourfuture
shaped by global warming. A warmer world will experience manymore
extreme weather events like droughts, storms and floods.
According to the 2001 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change,hurricanes are predicted to continue becoming more intense
and moredamaging, with stronger winds and more rain - because of
globalwarming. Extreme weather has been around long before humans
startedheating up the planet - but we cannot afford to stand by
whilehurricanes - the most extreme storms on the planet, gather
While hurricanes and droughts hit the headlines and thousands of
peoplelose their lives there is strangely little news about the
urgentinternational action required to tackle global warming.
We could wait with our fingers crossed, hoping the worst of
thepredictions don't come true, although with every passing week,
eventsand the evidence stack up to suggest it's the worst possible
option forthe planet.
The solutions are here - clean renewable energy and energy
efficiencymeasures can be implemented now and this must be better
than taking agamble with the planet - as the last few weeks have
shown we wouldcertainly lose that gamble, big time.