Why most natural disasters aren’t natural at all

(NaturalNews) From the point of view of a lot of humans, the term “natural disaster” is a handy scapegoat due to the fact it enable a person (or a whole nation) to blame nature for their own poor planning. Wherever we come across so-referred to as “natural disasters” about the world (such as Brazil at the second), we also typically locate a big group of individuals who have cut down the forests that buffer rainfall, paved over the grasslands that allow rain to soak into the soil, and constructed their homes right in the middle of gullies and natural drainage channels. When the floods come, they appear to the sky and curse Mother Nature, shouting, “We got hit by a natural disaster!”

Of course, in some circumstances it genuinely is a natural disaster. When a volcano blows and causes widespread destruction beyond what any person could have reasonably foreseen — such as Mt St Helens in the 1980’s — that’s a legitimate natural disaster. When an under-the-ocean earthquake causes a fifty-foot tsunami that wipes out a beach town, that’s a legitimate natural disaster, too. When a significant meteorite slams into the planet with the force of millions of atomic bombs, laying waste to an whole era of exclusive lifeforms (the dinosaurs, for instance), that’s a natural disaster.

But acquiring wiped out by a flood since you built your property appropriate in the flood path of a local river is not a natural disaster. That’s a man-made disaster. Or, more accurately, it’s just poor planning on the element of quick-sighted humans. And when it comes to disasters, there’s plenty of quick-sightedness to go about these days.

Poor planning
When I lived in Ecuador, I witnessed all sorts of homes becoming built correct in the drainage pathways and low-lying flood zones of rivers with a identified history of flooding. Even back in the United States, the federal government in fact encourages individuals to construct homes in flood zones and hurricane zones by providing “federal flood insurance” which is for the most component a way for the taxpayers to subsidize the danger of those who live in houses that in no way ought to have been built in these places in the very first place.

The entire fiasco of rebuilding the low-lying regions of New Orleans right after Hurricane Katrina is a perfect instance of mankind just begging to be hit with yet another “natural disaster.” It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that some time in the next 50 years, a category five hurricane is going to strike New Orleans yet again and reclaim the extremely exact same regions that technically belong beneath water as component of the Gulf of Mexico. (This is in no way meant to disparage the men and women of New Orleans, by the way, who are some of the most joyful and creative people you’ll ever meet. Fantastic folks. Sad geologic scenario, nonetheless. You can’t fight geology for extended…)

Forest fires should by no means be a surprise
The most striking example of so-named “natural disasters” is when men and women construct their homes in a giant forest, surrounded by trees, and then they appear surprised when these trees catch on fire and burn their houses to the ground. Did they really believe that trees by no means burn? Do folks honestly purchase multi-million dollar homes in California and assume that their homes will somehow be magically immune to the forest fires that inevitably sweep by way of all forests?

I do not imply to make light of the loss of property and the human suffering that occurs throughout such events, but wouldn’t all that loss have been prevented if they believed much more cautiously about the situation in the very first location?

Even the news gets it wrong. They’ll report issues like, “The fire induced over $ 200 million in property damage…” Nicely, not precisely. The forest fire burned exactly where it has usually burned, each couple of decades, for possibly tens of thousands of years. Fires are, in truth, critical for the wholesome functioning of forest ecosystems. And till humans started developing houses in forest fire zones, those fires never caused any so-called “property harm.” So why is the fire to blame for destroying properties? Since individuals constructed their homes proper exactly where the fires burn each few decades!

As soon as you comprehend that, you can’t really blame the fire for destroying the homes. It’s not the fault of the fire. Folks shouldn’t develop properties in forest fire zones.

See, when I look at a forest as a prospective home internet site, the really 1st issue that comes to my mind is, “Sooner or later, these trees are going to burn.” It’s a natural cycle triggered by lightning combined with a dry season that follows a wet growing season that produces lots of underbrush “fuel.” All it requires is 1 lightning strike to light it up, and from there the laws of chemistry take over.

When poor planning collides with natural repeating cycles
Most “natural” disasters are truly triggered by poor human planning. Normally speaking, individuals do not have a really extended-term view of items. They do not take into account that the small creek running behind their new property could quite simply wind up meandering through their living room after record rainfall. The cattle rancher who buys 500 acres of forest and then clear-cuts the trees to make room for cattle grazing (Brazil, any person?) doesn’t generally consider the fact that they have now eliminated the rainfall / water buffer zone that protected their lands from floods and erosion.

Even professional city engineers frequently aren’t really vibrant about all this: They’ll style cities with huge locations of pavement and roads, all even though failing to appropriately think about the reality that what utilised to be dirt which once absorbed water is now concrete that channels water someplace else. It doesn’t take significantly rain for a city of pavement to grow to be a flash flood nightmare.

Quit blaming nature for poor human planning
It is inappropriate for individuals to use the term “natural disaster” to refer to poor planning on the part of humans. Instead of blaming themselves for building their homes proper in the middle of a flash flood zone, too a lot of individuals blame nature (or God). “Why does God punish us by destroying our house?” they cry. Perhaps God was truly sending them an essential message: “Don’t build your home in a flood zone.”

Not all floods are the fault of the folks affected by them, of course. There are massive floods occurring right now in Brisbane, Australia. I haven’t studied the underlying cause of these floods, but they appear entirely out of character for the region there. In that case, it indicates the victims of the floods in Brisbane are suffering via no fault of their personal but rather as a result of some destructive global influences on the planet’s climate systems.

Nonetheless, now that Brisbane has observed the prospective for flooding, watch in amazement over the subsequent twelve months as several Australians rebuild homes appropriate back in the very same precise areas devastated by this flood. It is not a characteristic of excellent planning. (And it’s not distinctive to Australians, of course. This happens everywhere in the world, it seems, exactly where men and women reside.)

What “natural disasters” are coming subsequent due to poor human planning?
Here are some of the “natural disasters” I predict will strike our world in the close to future. They’ll be blamed on nature, but the real trigger is discovered in human behavior:

• It won’t be too extended before our food crops endure a genetic pollution disaster due to the widespread use of GMOs. Amid global starvation, the GMO scientists will exclaim, “There’s no way we could have foreseen this!” Oh yeah? We warned ya!

• The huge life extinction event occurring appropriate now on our planet will ultimately be traced largely to the mass chemical contamination of the globe with pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, food additives and synthetic chemicals in client products. Already, the bird and fish die-offs are being named “natural” by conventional scientists who don’t see what’s truly happening.

• The next wonderful dust bowl will strike inside twenty years as abused, over-farmed soils continue to erode, transforming several food-producing regions of the globe into food deserts (deserts as in sand, not desserts as in cherry pie). Instead of blaming destructive farming practices, scientists will blame the weather.

• The global use of fossil water — especially in India — will soon meet a geologic limit, causing widespread drought and desertification. This, too, will be blamed on a “natural” disaster (dry spells).

• The enormous loss of food pollinators will accelerate, ultimately leading to emergency shortages of pollinators and a detrimental impact on the global food supply. Instead of blaming this on the most probably culprits (GMOs and pesticides), conventional scientists will try to blame viruses or weather events.

… and this list goes on… and on… whilst humans continue to blame nature instead of seeking at the actual source of these troubles: Ignorant “scientific” progress and boundless human expansion!

Possibly instead of blaming floods, fires and crop failures on Mother Nature (or God), human beings ought to take responsibility for the influence of their personal actions, each individually and collectively.

How to stop numerous so-called natural disasters
So how can we avoid these “natural disasters” on a individual level? It’s easier than you assume:

Be mindful of the globe about you.

Be conscious of your impact on the globe about you and the fact that you are connected with the planet about you. Every thing we do to globe about us, regardless of whether destructive or creative, will eventually be reflected in that world.

And particularly be wary of contaminating the planet, destroying natural habitat or attempting to alter the natural cycles of nature. The greatest way to prevent natural disasters is to understand to reside in greater harmony with the nature world, respecting its natural cycles of “destruction” which are really essential to life on Earth.

As one much more swift example, think about big hydroelectric dams and the concern of flooding. Arrogant scientists and engineers promised that such dams would finish floods downstream, create clean power and lead to a healthier planet. They were incorrect: By stopping the floods, dams straight interfere with the normal life cycle of virtually all the animals that reside downstream. And by halting flooding, they deny the croplands on the banks of the rivers the nutritional replenishment they will need to grow healthful, mineral-wealthy crops.

Much the exact same is accurate with forest fires. Humans desperately and ignorantly try to extinguish such fires, thereby preserving the forest floor “fuel” that one day ignites into a a lot stronger blaze that, instead of invigorating the forest, kills it dead. Just appear at the history of Yellowstone National Park. It was all the decades of extinguishing fires there that led to the devastating, tree-killing fire of 1988.

Human arrogance at function yet again, thinking that each and every time a fire or flood happens, it is a “natural disaster” that ought to be halted through human intervention.

The upshot is that a lot of “natural disasters” are really only disasters from the point of view of individuals who do not respect nature in the first place.

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  1. I remember visiting Brisbane in 1974 and saw a little of the damage caused by the flood earlier that year.
    A few years later I enjoyed three years living in affordable housing in one of the beautiful leafy low lying areas near the Brisbane river.
    When I heard about the 2011 floods, it seemed to me that the flooding is just something that happens every 40 years or so. There was a relatively small loss of life, and for many people, the benefits of living there would be worth the risk of the occasional loss of property.
    I believe the flooding was about the same as in 1974 however the property losses were much greater as there was much more development in the flood prone areas.

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