Disasters around the world are more closely linked
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2021-09-10 23:35:47 UTC
A cold snap in Texas.
A locust swarm in East Africa.
How closely linked are THESE disasters?

Steamship burns in mid-Atlantic, 135 die

6 dead, 57 injured in Manchester express train wreck

439 dead in Welsh coal mine explosion

Zeppelin goes down in flames 24 years before the Hindenburg

What do these disasters all have in common? They all happened in the same
week in October, 1913. These would be considered uber-calamitous nowadays,
but back then, once the newspapers had had their fill, these events would be
shrugged off by the general public as "the price of progress." At the time
of the train wreck mentioned above, about 1,000 Brits were killed annually
in rail accidents...
2021-09-11 00:14:56 UTC
Post by Byker
A cold snap in Texas.
A locust swarm in East Africa.
How closely linked are THESE disasters?
"affecting individual species or entire ecosystems and communities"

So your attempted diversions are nothing like what we are experiencing today.


A cold snap in Texas. A locust swarm in East Africa. A fish in China that
survived the extinction of the dinosaurs but succumbed irreversibly to humans
last year.

Though separated by borders and oceans, and affecting individual species or
entire ecosystems and communities, disasters like these have more in common
than people realize or plan for. This is a key finding of a report published
Wednesday by the United Nations University (UNU). The scientists found some
of the worst disasters over the past two years overlapped to make each other
worse. In many cases, they were fueled by the same human actions.

"When people see disasters in the news, they often seem far away," said Zita
Sebesvari, a senior scientist at UNU and a lead author of the report. "But
even disasters that occur thousands of kilometers apart are often related to
one another."

Three root causes affected most of the events in the UNU analysis: burning
fossil fuels, poor management of risk and placing too little value on the
environment in decision-making.