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Hungry children wander among ruins, 30,000 people homeless in Florida after Cat 4 Hurricane (in 1926)

This Week In 1926

Hurricanes aren’t what they used to be.

Tony Heller at RealClimateScience found a photo of what happened when “an actual category four hurricane hit Miami” — as opposed to an almost Cat 6 that became an almost Cat-Nothing.

Miami, Hurricane damage, extreme weather, 1926.

What Category Four destruction can look like.

At one point Florence was “Becoming The Strongest Storm to Ever Make Landfall North of Florida” and the “costliest ever to hit The US.”

Soon children won’t know what real storms are.

Hundreds of Hungry Children walk amid City Ruins

Imagine if this happened in 2018. The outrage, the scandal. Impeach Trump Now.

On the other side of the world on Sept 20th 1926,  The Melbourne Herald reported:

Florida Hurricane News, 1926

Click to enlarge

Thankfully we have and do things better now.

The people of Miami didn’t have satellites or TV or helicopters or mobile phones, or perhaps any phones.

Apocalypse 1926

“Hundreds of children separated from their families and hungry, their health endangered by the scarcity of water and the lack of sanitary facilities, are wandering among the ruins of Miami City today.

The tornado which wrecked the place at the week-end, twisting concrete steel buildings on their bases, smashing the city to  smithereens, caused the worst disaster America has known since the San Francisco earthquake. All towns in the south eastern coastal belt of Florida have been more or less smashed. No definite estimate of the dead can be made, but the toll is somewhere between 600 and 1500, and there are thousands of injured. How many are buried beneath the ruins is not known.

In Miami alone there are 30,000 homeless, and the loss of property amounts to £20,000,000. The disaster has been aggravated by a hurricane which today struck Pensacola, at the head of the Gulf of Mexico. The wind blew at 100 miles an hour. The place is isolated.


Most of the wooden structures of the city had been unroofed or had collapsed. Practically every piece of plate-glass in thc city was broken.

The death toll in 2018 due to Florence has sadly reached 42. Deaths in 1926 in Florida and the Caribbean were estimated as somewhere from 372 — 539 + and about 43,000 people were left homeless. This is not to dismiss the heartache of the current struggles, but exploiting the victims to sell fake insurance doesn’t help anyone.

If the 1926 Hurricane hit now, the cost might be $200 billion

 The toll for the storm in the United States was $100 million ($1.38 billion 2018 USD). It is estimated that if an identical storm hit in the year 2005, with modern development and prices, the storm would have caused $140–157 billion in damage ($196 billion in 2016); this would make the storm the costliest on record in the United States, adjusted for inflation, if it were to occur in contemporary times.[1][2]

The lowest pressure recorded in the eye in 1926 was 930mbar. Highest winds 150mph or 240 kmh.

REFERENCES (From wikipedia)

[1] Pielke, Roger A., Jr.; Gratz, Joel; Landsea, Christopher W.; Collins, Douglas; Saunders, Mark A.; Musulin, Rade (2008). “Normalized Hurricane Damage in the United States: 1900–2005” (PDF). Natural Hazards Review. 9 (1): 29–42. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)1527-6988(2008)9:1(29). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 17, 2013. Retrieved May 7, 2009.

[2] Malmstadt, Jill; Scheitlin, Kelsey; Elsner, James (2009). “Florida Hurricanes and Damage Costs”. Southeastern Geographer. 49 (2): 108–131. doi:10.1353/sgo.0.0045.

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49 comments to Hungry children wander among ruins, 30,000 people homeless in Florida after Cat 4 Hurricane (in 1926)

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    Ernest Bush

    Florence may not have been a Category 4 to start with. Some AGW weather and climate “scientists” are reading the wind speed off the top of the clouds. This is notoriously inaccurate. When a hurricane hunter punched through the eyewall with instruments to correctly read wind and pressure, suddenly it was a 3/2 hurricane. When it was just offshore some U.S. weathermen were still calling it a Category 4 when it had dropped to a 2. Until Florence came within range of an aircraft, all you could accurately say is it was big and had a lot of moisture in the clouds. There was nothing really record-breaking in the flooding, either. Weatherman Joe Bastardi easily named off several hurricanes that caused more severe damage in that region.


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    Jo, the fact that they all ignore this tragedy is not surprising, as far as the Church of Climatology is concerned everything before the early 1950s is to be ignored because if it isn’t their religion falls apart.


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      This is exactly why the idea of a free internet must be protected or the Orwellian overlords in waiting will write your past present and future for you.


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    Mark M

    Jonova says: “This is not to dismiss the heartache of the current struggles, but exploiting the victims to sell fake insurance doesn’t help anyone.”

    When everyone, or 97% of climate scientists, know the only thing standing in the way of a hurricane-free perfect climate is prevention of more carbon taxes …

    Carbon taxes necessary in climate fight: World Bank chief


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    Have those old hurricane events been homogenised yet to show their true state?


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    not really o/t –

    from the Crossfire Hurricane files!

    21 Sept: Daily Caller: Trump Claims Foreign Allies Don’t Want Him To Declassify Russia Documents
    by Chuck Ross
    •President Donald Trump claimed Thursday and Friday that foreign allies have asked him not to declassify documents from the Russia probe
    •Trump suggested that the documents are cause for concern for the unnamed foreign countries
    •Trump said that he is honoring the allies’ wishes, as well as the DOJ’s, by backing off of his declassification request
    “We are moving along, we are also dealing with foreign countries that do have a problem,” Trump said in an interview with Fox’s Sean Hannity. “I got called today from two very good allies saying, ‘Please, can we talk.’ It is not as simple as all of that. We do have to respect their wishes. But it will all come out.”…

    (On Friday) Trump said on Twitter that the Justice Department “agreed to release them but stated that so doing may have a perceived negative impact on the Russia probe.”
    “Also, key Allies’ called to ask not to release,” he added.
    Trump said that the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General has been instructed to investigate the matter “on an expedited basis.”
    “In the end I can always declassify if it proves necessary,” he said. “Speed is very important to me – and everyone!”

    Trump’s comments raise the question of what concerns U.S. allies expressed over the release of the documents and why they would be concerned…
    While Trump did not identify the foreign countries he claims expressed concerns over declassification, the U.K. was the epicenter of several meetings that are considered key to the Russia probe. And an Australian government official is said to have sparked the FBI’s collusion investigation, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane.
    It was on British soil that FBI informant Stefan Halper met with Page and George Papadopoulos, another Trump campaign aide, in the months before the election…

    Alexander Downer, who served as Australia’s top diplomat to the U.K., met Papadopoulos on May 10, 2016 in London. Downer reportedly told others in the Australian government that Papadopoulos claimed that Russia had derogatory information on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The information wound up in the hands of the U.S. embassy in London as well as the FBI. The bureau opened its counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign on July 31, 2016 based on that information.
    Papadopoulos has recently accused Downer of working on behalf of someone else to spy on him. Papadopoulos said in an interview Tuesday on Fox News that his meeting with Downer was “incredibly suspicious.”…

    “Can we put to rest the fact that he said you were a spy?” a BBC Radio interviewed asked Downer on Wednesday.
    “I was the Australian high commissioner,” Downer said, laughing. “The thing is, I’m just not going to get into these sort of allegations he’s made. I mean, people who have worked with me, and people in Australia who know me, know absolutely my record.”

    16 May 2017: MSN: FBI probe into Trump and Russia was codenamed ‘Crossfire Hurricane’
    by Josh Delk
    The FBI investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia was originally known as “Crossfire Hurricane” before it was widely known to the public and even the bureau itself, officials told The New York Times.
    The case, named after a Rolling Stones lyric, was used by only the small group of agents sent to interview the Australian ambassador to the United Kingdom, who had evidence of possible collusion between Russia and a Trump adviser…

    Five agents embarked to London in the summer of 2016 for a rare interview with the diplomat after deliberations between American and Australian officials, where they gathered information that would provide the basis for the Russia probe that is still ongoing…


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    Even if Trump flew in like Superman and and blew the hurricane away the media would still accuse him of interfering with Nature when it’s really just a storm in a D Cup.


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      Greg in NZ

      “a storm in a D Cup” – today’s climate pørn rated ‘G’ for regurgitation • figurative repeat (information) without analysing or comprehending it, from medieval Latin ‘again, whirlpool’.

      Joanne, your site and your commentators have become my daily bread – of humorous and educational sanity in an insane world – a breath of fresh and realistic air far from the madding crowd… ever since my access to WUWT and RealClimateScience went down a few months ago (anyone else having problems with this?).

      Anyway, spring is in the air at last – full moon equinox this weekend – and we’ve got ‘polar blast’ warnings and rumours of snow to sea level down south being issued for next week… surely this never happened back in 1926.


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      We already know that Trump is personally responsible for past, present and future hurricanes. The Left should be worried, one day Trump may decide to unleash his omnipotent powers and turn them all into Conservatives.


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        When quasi-communists run out of work, electricity, food, water and the possible protection of a standing army they all turn conservative really bloody fast!


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        bemused, Trump may be omnipotent, but whether even he can give the Climate Alarmist Left working brains is debatable.


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    21 Sept: GatewayPundit: Jim Hoft: Papadopoulos: British Govt. Was Spying on Trump Campaign by April 2016 – Obama Knew
    TWEET: 21 Sept: George Papadopolous: The British and Australian governments’ attempt to sabotage the Trump campaign is about to backfire in a spectacular fashion…

    TWEET: 21 Sept: George Papadopolous: The day that BRITISH intelligence source, Stefan Halper, lured me to London so that the British MI6 could spy on the campaign, the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs invited me to their offices to talk about Trump and what a threat him supporting Breexit was.

    21 Sept: ConservativeTreehouse: sundance: Sean Hannity Interviews President Trump During MAGA Rally – President Trump Notes Proactive Calls From Two Governments Surrounding FISA Declassification…
    It would appear, calls from U.S. intel to British and Australian intel precipitated calls from British and Australian leadership to President Trump…

    There is nuance within the directive for declassification by President Trump…
    Breaking down the presidential directive to the four component parts helps understanding the issue(s), and the likelihood for redactions within the release(s):…

    (3) “all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications.”

    This is where the corrupt FBI and DOJ begin to get twitchy. This is a high risk declassification for the corrupt intelligence usurpers. This section appears to be where former CIA Director John Brennan is demanding DNI Coats and the FBI and DOJ leadership must defy the president. It is in this request for all “reports and interviews” where the intelligence assets (ie. Stefan Halper, Joseph Mifsud, Alexander Downer) and those intelligence sources who helped frame the Crossfire Hurricane operation are located…


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    Although fearmongering per se is no illegal even when it’s used to make profit, it can be easily discounted by producing the facts as done here. Given the overwhelming historical evidence proves that current extreme weather events are not even close to being as bad, then one would have thought the scientific community would come down hard on people who peddle the lies about how man-made emissions are a problem. Why is the scientific community so silent? Of course that’s a rhetorical question as we all known the answer. In that case the scientific community is a disgrace and has lost all credibility when it keeps on proclaiming they are in search of the truth to understand the world better. They are in general nothing but liars and cheats, just like most politicians.


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      el gordo

      ‘Why is the scientific community so silent? ‘

      There are some brave souls like Professor Peter Ridd, but everyone else is mute. I blame the ABC for everything.

      Blaming the Java drought on Australian hot air is fake news, more likely the aftermath of the Mt Agung eruption.


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        The ABC has a lot to answer but they only keep getting away with the crap they keep spewing out because the scientific community by and large remain silent. So I blame more the latter. Being silent is almost as bad as deliberately fabricating the lies about CAGW but much worse than a group of scientifically ignorant people broadcasting propaganda about some fake news on the causes of climate change and extreme weather events.


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        WUWT post 21/09/18. Destroying the careers of those
        who defy the climate diktat.

        Demonize…Ostracize…censor… Here’s a list of others,
        like Peter Ridd,forced from their institutions by global
        warming klimatariat.

        George Taylor – Oregon State Climatologist

        Sallie Baliunas – Harvard University

        Pat Michaels – University of Virginia

        Murry Salby – Macquarie University, Australia

        Caleb Rossiter – Institute for Policy Studies

        Nickolas Drapela, PhD – Oregon State University

        Henrik Møller – Aalborg University, Denmark

        Bob Carter, James Cook University, Australia

        H/t poster Allen Macrae.


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          Kinky Keith

          Think of all the effort, sacrifice, self denial and blind good will that has gone into this Country and then look at the list.

          Peter Ridd, Murray Salby, Bob Carter and no doubt others living in fear simply because they want the truth to prevail.

          What’s been achieved???

          Are we in a better place now after a solid century of this “progress”?

          Our government is riddled with a cancerous approach to life that needs urgent attention.



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            The situation is much worse. When the few honest people in important positions bother to try to expose the lies by the left all they get for their honesty is verbal abuse and in increasing cases violent attacks and death threats. I suspect this will not end well for all of us.


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              el gordo

              The situation on the ground is very fluid and the people want a debate, so if Angas Taylor says the government is seeking tenders for new Hele coal fired power stations, then there would be an uproar.

              The battle lines are clearly drawn, its us or them.

              Cameron and Dean would destroy this warmest cult with satire, free to air throughout the regions on WIN/Sky.


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                We are still waiting for Taylor’s new energy policy. We will see in due course their true colours. So far it all has been doublespeak. The LNP have nothing to lose and everything to gain if they contrast themselves from the ALP+Greens. At the moment there is very little difference since Morrison still is soft on renewables, the root cause of most of our energy problems. Let’s hope he and Taylor come up with the right solution, not the left one. They can start by using the following key points as a guideline for their energy policy.

                Australians deserve the most reliable and affordable energy in the world.
                With electricity generation, we are technology-agnostic but subsidy-averse.
                We support nuclear power and a nuclear fuel cycle industry.
                We support all forms of electricity generation and will provide them with legislative certainty and legal protection.
                We do not support any renewable energy targets.
                We will remove all taxpayer and cross subsidies to electricity generation.
                We will require all electricity supplied to the grid to be useable – that is, predictable and consistent in output (kWhrs) and synchronous (at the required 50 Hz range).
                We will allow market forces to provide the most efficient power generation available.
                We will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.

                Oh dear! These are ACP’s policy on energy.


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              The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing


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    17 Sept: Spectator Australia: Tinker, tailor, Downer, spy?
    by David Long
    Papadopoulos says he doesn’t remember saying anything to Downer about Russia. Downer is reported as saying now that they only had a single drink and a brief discussion. After that discussion, Downer reported back to Australia and that information was conveyed to the FBI, presumably at the insistence of prime minister Malcolm Turnbull…

    And ratting to the FBI on the future President of the USA with false information might just be the reason that Malcolm Turnbull got such a swift kick in the balls from Trump during that first telephone call.
    What confirms the suspicion, however, is the extremely close relationship between the Clintons and Downer. It was reported in May 2018 that Alexander helped secure one of the largest donations worth $25 million to the Bill Clinton Foundation when he and former President Bill Clinton signed a “Memorandum of Understanding that purportedly dedicated the substantial funding to a project meant to provide screenings and drug treatment for AIDS patients in Asia.” It is reported in the same place that the money did not go to that Foundation but was rerouted through a Clinton affiliate which was criticised by auditors…

    In one report, Downer, possessed of Papadopoulos’s information, passed it on to ***Elizabeth Dibble at the US London embassy. According to Fairfax, Downer passed the information back to Australian authorities who then passed it along to their American counterparts. And it is reported, that Downer told The Australian that he had sent an official cable about what was said to Canberra within a couple of days of the meeting with Papadopoulos…

    It is highly probable that Downer did both” ratted to Elizabeth Dibble and sent a cable to Canberra. But Canberra is also reputed to have informed the FBI and that would not have happened, if it did, without the knowledge of Malcolm Turnbull…

    The question that raises, however, is, whether Downer was authorised by the Commonwealth government to make that contact, or whether it was a freelance job?

    We don’t know, do we, because no one has bothered to make him give sworn evidence or has asked the Australian government whether the contact was part of Downer’s brief. It’s moments like this that you wish our Senators interests went a little bit further than their parochial back fence. Such an enquiry would probably help to repair the relationship between the US President and Australia that Downer’s actions jeopardised.

    ***for the record:

    LinkedIn: Elizabeth Dibble
    Foreign Service Officer, US Dept of State, 1980 – Present • 38 years
    Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Department of State, August 2013 – July 2016 • 3 years
    U.S. Embassy, London, England


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    Jo that photo tells a real story, if people ignore the buildings & look at the trees,

    Buildings may be different today, better or less well built, but trees are the same.

    I saw the results of Ada a cat 3 cyclone that hit the Whitsundays in 1970. At Happy Bay, on Long Island there was not a leaf to be seen on a tree, they were all gone. This is standard when sustained winds of 90 knots hit vegetation, always was, always will be. Even a few 90 knots gusts will leave very few leaves, if any on trees.

    It is an indictment of our education system & our media that this common knowledge is gone today, & shysters can talk about cat 5 storms, when the trees are mostly still in full leaf. If people still had the knowledge they had 50 years ago, our global warming con men could not get away with their fraud.


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    While the record death toll of the 1780 hurricane season has to be seen in the context of naval movements etc due to the American war, the year remains a standout for climatic disasters. The (still) deadliest Atlantic hurricane, the San Calixto, did its killing well south of Florida, other hurricanes afflicted Florida and the soon-to-be US as far north as New England.

    Mayflower pilgrims copped the Great Colonial Hurricane in 1635, right up in New England. How bad? A storm surge of up to 20′ around Boston would suggest it was a whopper so far north. (Bit like that super El Nino which nearly killed Sydney at birth, it was a rough welcome to the New World.) Another hurricane in the same part of New England in 1675 was nearly as severe. There is strong evidence that the 1821 hurricane made landfall near NY as a Cat 4, and the 1938 hurricane did make landfall as a Cat 3 at Long Island. A Cat 5 has actually made landfall in the US and Florida – though on the Keys – in 1935.

    It comes down to this: the north-eastern Atlantic from the Caribbean to Canada is a hurricane alley. Satellites and planes were invented recently, Atlantic hurricanes were not. And you can’t un-invent Atlantic hurricanes with carbon taxes and whirlygigs on the other side of the American continent.

    As always, sane conservation is the best defense, Big Green is the obstacle to sane conservation.


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      I said north-eastern, meant north-western. Mind you, Hurricane Debbie may still have been tropical when it hit Ireland in 1961. It recorded as low as 950 mbar between Ireland and Scotland. If that happened now, bet you can’t guess what they’d be blaming.

      Oh. So you did guess.


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    Andrew McRae

    In other weather news that is also completely unrelated to cliiimate chaaange…
    People in Edmonton, Canada have not been enjoying the last official day of summer.

    Courtney Theriault Verified Account
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Reporter with @CityNewsYeg

    (The posted video is:×360/N9BIH8c-4XLsuw0g.mp4



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    Just curious whether those $ amounts for damage are solely $100m x inflation = $196b or if they scale in the extra costs of much higher density living, huge amounts of infrastructure and far greater reliance on everything being trucked in from long distances?


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    Oh… and the vastly increased ‘cists’ of the average home – TV’s washing machines etc. compared to the simpler times.


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    robert rosicka

    OT but worthy of a mention is this ABC story about climate change having an impact on a seed storage vault .

    Apparently they “assumed” wrongly when they built the so called facility.


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      Greg in NZ

      Don’t these so-called engineers know when they assume something, they make an ass out of u and me?


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        robert rosicka

        They assumed a secure vault in permafrost wouldn’t need waterproofing, so blaming CAGW sort of gives them the excuse they need to cover their backsides for making such a stupid mistake .


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    Frankly the shore line from Louisiana to Alabama looked FAR worse than that after Cat-3 Katrina. Cat-3 David and and Cat-4 Charlie also produced incredible levels of damage (there are some pretty horrifying videos of the eye-wall of Charlie on the tube). Those were all within the past 15 years in the GOM so there’s no excuse for not knowing what a real Hurricane hit is all about. But good to see nothing has really changed since the 1920s except there are probably less of them now.

    On other related; I love how the ABC media barely got north of Manila so far for Mangkhut coverage. The north coast of Luzon is were Mangkhut hit hardest, and I’ve not seen a single report from that area yet. I doubt anyone with a camera has even managed to get in there to see what a total wipe-out it is. There are a whole series of towns and villages on that coast and they’ll be goners. But there are no news reports about it to date.


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    Am yet to find one of these large twister outbreaks that can be shown not to have a simultaneous, same hemisphere sunspot outbreak. That is a definite quiet time on the sun at the same time as the twister. Inigo Jones describes the spots as still having an effect a few days after the spot rotates out of view around the sun.

    Here he is with an explanation of the sunspot effects on various Northern hemisphere weather events at the time written in Australia 3 days BEFORE that 1926 storm hit.

    The Coincidence of the big sunspots and that Storm being discussed and poo-poohed few days later.

    A description of just how huge those sun spots that turned up at the exact same time as the Florida storm were.


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    21 Sept: Daily Caller: 30 Years Ago Officials Predicted The Maldives Would Be Swallowed By The Sea. It Didn’t Happen
    by Michael Bastasch
    That didn’t happen. The Indian Ocean did not swallow the Maldives island chain as predicted by government officials in the 1980s.

    In September 1988, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported (LINK) a “gradual rise in average sea level is threatening to completely cover this Indian Ocean nation of 1196 small islands within the next 30 years,” based on predictions made by government officials.
    Then-Environmental Affairs Director Hussein Shihab told AFP “an estimated rise of 20 to 30 centimetres in the next 20 to 40 years could be ‘catastrophic’ for most of the islands, which were no more than a metre above sea level.”…

    The article went on to suggest the Maldives, along with its 200,000 inhabitants, could “end” sooner than expected if drinking water supplies dry up by 1992 “as predicted.” Today, more than 417,000 people live in the Maldives…

    New Zealand researchers published a study (LINK) earlier this year based on aerial photos and satellite images of Pacific islands over the last four decades that found most atolls they examined were increasing in size…


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    21 Sept: ClimateDepot: Marc Morano: ‘A reputation risk’: UN environment chief criticized by UN internal audit for ‘extensive’ frequent flying
    UN environment chief Erik Solheim’s huge travel bill is a ‘reputation risk’ and he has ‘no regard’ for rules, says draft internal audit
    “The extensive travel patterns of [Solheim] did not set an example for the rest of the staff to follow,” it said. “In 2011 … the secretary-general stated that ‘What we demand of others, we must do ourselves’. Such extensive travel, therefore, presents a reputation risk to the organization, especially [given] that Unep is supposed to be the lead on sustainable environment matters.”…READ ON


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    Gee Aye

    Says a lot has changed since 100 years ago or so when the impact of storms was so much greater even with far fewer people being potentially affected. ie improvements to infrastructure, regulation of building standards, ability to monitor storms to allow preparedness, investment in responses and so on.