Archive for Natural Disasters

What Is To Become Of Our World

Posted in America, Britain, Conservation, Environment, European Union, Immigration, Islamic Revolution, Modern World, News, Terrorism with tags , , , , on 18/09/2017 by floroy1942

All around the world we are seeing wars, civil disharmony and demonstrations. It makes me wonder what the future of our world will be in twenty or thirty years time. Will we see a global war and the destruction of mankind?

Russia and the West are at one another’s throats, we have ISIL targeting many countries across the world trying to gain control, and we have street rioting in many countries by young men who are out to cause trouble.

We have world pollution rising at a steady rate, where in some cities the air is so contaminated that the rise of lung disease and cancer is rapidly increasing. We have a grave shortage of water and food in some countries where the land is being turned into a desert. Africa is a good example.

Those of us that live in the West watch the news but don’t think of the consequences because it is far away from us. Our lives go on uninterrupted for we don’t care what happens in other countries.

Migrants from the continent of Africa have swarmed into Europe to escape the drought, hunger and wars that are taking place all across Africa. Most of them are Muslims, and eventually they will cause havoc in Europe as they try to take over and turn the whole continent into a Muslim state. You can think what you will, but this is a major possibility as more and more pour in.

Climate change has caused many countries to suffer, like the USA. When in the past have we seen hurricane after hurricane causing so much destruction? The hurricanes have unleashed massive destruction across the Caribbean and the flooding has caused more than a million people to leave their homes, even in the south of the United States. Thousands of people have been made homeless across the Caribbean islands, and houses have been destroyed right left and centre in the southern states of America. Flooding has consumed a huge portion of the southern United States and this has never happened on such a large scale before, and its all due to us poisoning our atmosphere with traffic and factories.

Climate change has even affected the north and south pole regions where ice is melting at an unbelievable rate. At the north pole the ice cover is a fraction of what it once was, and the south pole has seen huge swathes of ice islands broken off and floated out into the ocean.

Some European companies have said recently that they will be turning their factories into making electric cars, but with the whole of Europe driving these cars what is going to happen to the power grids? There are not enough power stations to satisfy the demand for an all electric car system across Europe. America is very slow in making this change but they will be hit with the same problem.

Civil unrest is spreading across many countries with demonstrations, and it often turns into violence. The people are unhappy with their governments because they do not do enough to house and help the poor. The rich get richer and the poor get no help at all. There are many billionaires in the world today, but they do not release some of their money to help the poor. It’s all down to greed, and that is the one disease that is very common today. Why do they not release money to help the poor and starving in Africa and across the world.

With climate change things will get much worse in the foreseeable future so we have to do something about it. There can be no doubt that if we change our ways it will take very many years for the Earth’s climate to get back to what it was when I was a boy. In the meantime things will get worse year on year until we stop polluting our climate’s atmosphere.

Roy.

Haiti – Two Years On!

Posted in Britain, Europe, Haiti, United Nations, USA with tags , , , , , on 13/01/2012 by floroy1942

It’s now two years since the devastating earthquake hit the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, killing 300,000 people and making more than 1.5 million homeless. Now two full years later, the same 1.5 million people are still living in squalid conditions in tents, and only half of the rubble that was Port-au-Prince has been cleared to allow new building.

Collecting the Dead

When the earth shook at 16.53 hrs on the 12th January 2010 Haiti’s capital was for a greater part destroyed and a third of its 900,000 population were killed. Aid arrived within days in an attempt to ease the suffering of the people, and more to the point, many billions of dollars were promised in aid by many nations to enable recovery. In truth, not much of the that money ever showed up where it was needed.

Rubble Clearance - A Massive Job

Some countries considered cancelling Haiti’s debt to themselves sufficient help in the country’s hour of need, as if  you can use a cancelled debt to house a family? In other cases only a fraction of the money actually arrived, some not at all. Many millions were raised by well known charities, and a year ago much of the donated money was still residing in bank accounts making interest because the organizations wanted to save the money for long term projects. Another year has not made much of a difference, except to the interest.

Tent City

As in most situations of this sort, a big part of the problem was corruption all along the money chain. Many people made fortunes out of siphoned off goods or cash. Meanwhile, some half-a-million Haitians still live in shocking conditions and disease is rife.

The President of Haiti, Michel Martelly has promised renewed efforts to re-house some 20,000 people, but in many areas the rubble from the destroyed buildings still lays where it fell.

Canada - Still On the Job!

Thankfully there is one country with a conscience, Canada, which is donating a further $20 million to get this necessary work completed. Despite this extra effort by the Canadian government it will still be many years before the scars left by the earthquake have disappeared, although many of the mental scars may never heal.

Roy

Fukushima – A Disaster Waiting In The Wings?

Posted in Environment, Modern World, Nuclear, Oceans, Radioactive Waste, Toxic Waste with tags , , , , , , , on 13/04/2011 by floroy1942

Should we be concerned at the latest news of a hike in the severity level at the Fukushima nuclear generating plant to 7, bringing it on a par with Chernobyl?

Chernobyl Reactor Building

We can all remember what happened at the Russian plant, but the experts tell us there is no danger of a repeat. Now that is reassuring news, certainly to the Japanese, and probably for the rest of us too.

The whole episode however leaves me with some questions, most important of which is, why was a nuclear plant built on the coast in an earthquake/tsunami zone? Reactor One was opened in July 1967, and since then another five have been built on the same site.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/Noqk78bjE-Q

The Cause Of A Tsunami

It is safe to assume that we did not know as much in 1967 as we do now about earthquakes and the effects, but even so, it seems to me the Japanese were taking a big chance in building such a facility right on the sea shore.

I can well imagine their desire to have a ready supply of water for cooling the reactor, but then surely, better precautions should have been taken to protect the installation against the possibility of a tsunami.

The Tsunami Strikes

History has shown us on many occasions that earthquakes under the sea cause tsunami’s, so it should be obvious, even in 1967, that the site would be prone to just such an event.

I freely admit, I am no nuclear scientist or structural engineer, but it seems to me that building such a plant on the coast at Fukushima, knowing the possibilities, should have received more attention.

The main difference between Chernobyl and Fukushima is that in the former accident the reactor vessel ruptured, releasing large amounts of radioactivity into the atmosphere, whereas in the latter, this did not happen and the reactor vessel remained intact. Contrary to popular opinion, there is never a chance of a nuclear explosion at a nuclear power plant, even if meltdown does occur.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/Z69rtx3YlE0

Fukushima Reactor

Each reactor at the Fukushima plant has a secondary containment vessel which is designed to prevent the release of radioactive particles into the atmosphere even in the event of a reactor containment vessel breach. This was not the case at Chernobyl and indeed, very few Russian plants had such a safety facility (lessons learned).

Furthermore, The Chernobyl reactor was ‘fired up’ at the time of the accident while experiments were carried out on the power generators for the emergency cooling system. At Fukushima the reactor shut-down automatically when the earthquake was detected.

Typical Reactor Cooling System Generator

It would seem that the problems began at Fukushima when the various backup cooling pumps, that supply the core with water to keep it from overheating, lost power when the tsunami destroyed the generators supplying the pumps. It would appear that perhaps more protection should have been given to these vital components.

Fukushima Damage

The disaster at Fukushima, though of natural causes, does indicate that more attention must be given to the siting of nuclear power plants, especially in earthquake prone countries around the famous ‘Ring of Fire’ bordering the Pacific. It indicates that all nuclear plants should be inspected to see what improvements can be made to the operating systems when a natural disaster strikes, and most specifcally, protection of the cooling apparatus.

Anyone wishing for a simple straight-forward explanation of the events at Fukushima should visit the following site:

http://bravenewclimate.com/2011/03/13/fukushima-simple-explanation/

Its all well and good for armchair ‘experts’ to give their opinions, and as we all know hindsight is a wonderful thing, but I should hope that some valuable lessons have been learned from this disaster and steps are taken to see such an event is never repeated.

Fukushima Heros

In the meantime, we should not forget the brave men and women who have been working tirelessly to prevent a major disaster at Fukushima at the risk of their own well-being. I salute you!

One thing is sure, we are a long way from doing away with our nuclear power plants despite all the hype that has been generated, for until the scientists come up with something better we are stuck with it. At this moment in time we have no other way of keeping up with the ever increasing demands for power.

Roy. 

Death Knell For Britain’s Forests?

Posted in Atlantic, Britain, Budget Cuts, Children, England, Environment, Forests, Government, Insanity, Modern World, Oceans, Parliament, UK with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 26/10/2010 by floroy1942

I read a most disturbing report on the Internet today that not only surprised me, but made me angry also. It seems the British Government under David Cameron is planning to sell off 1.85 million acres of prime forest land that the government is responsible for.

It seems to me, that instead of grabbing at straws to decrease the national debt, more time should be spent looking ‘in house’ for savings. Ref: My post: 12/10.2010 – Is Cost Effective Government Possible.

A Typical Holiday Camp

This forest action is another part of the government’s cost saving measures in the new ‘Austerity Plan’ designed to get the economy back on its feet. The forests will be sold for the development of new holiday resorts, golf courses and logging operations.

Once a Common Sight

I remember in my youth the small copses of trees or an acre or two of woodland dotted throughout the countryside every few miles, always a pleasant place for a stroll or picnic on a Sunday afternoon and they made the English countryside one of the most beautiful in the world. Soon after they all disappeared as farmers realised they could make more money by cutting down all the trees and turning the land to farming.

Robin Hood Of Sherwood Forest

Now there is very little forest land in the country. Most, like the Forest of Dean, and Sherwood Forest famous in the Robin Hood tales of old, are now a shadow of their former glory.

The forests of England have always been a haven of peace and tranquility open to all as the following film by Alan Woods amply demonstrates:

http://vimeo.com/4535006 

The Magna Carta of 1215

Sherwood and the Forest of Dean, like many others, are protected by ancient laws going back to the Magna Carta of 1215 but will be sold off after the present government has pushed through a law to repeal these ancient laws, and thus remove protection that has been in place for 795 years.

For me, this is one of the most stupid acts by any government since Tony Blair and his cronies opened the doors wide for immigration, and just goes to prove that all governments have their share of idiots.

Sherwood Forest

You may well ask why I am in such a ‘tizwoz’ over what to many people will seem ‘just a few trees’, but I strongly believe there is a direct link between the loss of so many trees in the world during the last forty years and global warming.

The most startling evidence to hand is the state of the Amazonian and Far Eastern rain forests which have for years been decimated by the ‘slash and burn’ techniques used by poor farmers.

The Amazon

It may have escaped your notice, but unbelievably the Amazon is suffering from drought this year with hundreds of rivers and tributaries that feed it drying up completely. Drought in a rain forest must start alarm bells ringing in even the most stupid and uncaring of people.

Slash and Burn Destruction On a Massive Scale

Over the last four decades thousands upon thousands of square miles have been chopped down, used for farming and then left barren. It has been proven that once the vegetation has been removed the ground is good for one, maybe two years of crops before it becomes infertile, and therefore, more is cut down to continue the process. The sad thing is, the forest cannot recoup this loss and the land turns to scrub i.e. fit for nothing.

The following video amply demonstrates what we are doing to our planet, and ourselves:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzK2XITThZM&feature=fvw 

Scientists and environmentalists have been telling us for years that erosion of the Amazon for example will lead to major changes in the worlds weather patterns, and so it has, although most people have not yet made the link.

Every year we hear of bigger, more powerful hurricanes and typhoons, floods and landslides all over the world with unusually excessive rainfall. If we continue ridding ourselves of forests and jungle at the current rate we will soon be at the mercy of the weather like never before.

A deadly Landslide

Many people fail to see the relationship between trees and landslides for example, a phenomenon appearing in the news with rapidly increasing regularity causing death and destruction on a wide scale. Looking at news camera footage it is often evident that the slopes that collapsed were denuded of trees. People living in these areas do not seem to comprehend that trees are essential on a slope because they bind the soil together and therefore prevent such catastrophe’s.

It is indeed sad the government plans to rid England of most its forests for they are in many ways quite unique, and this all in the name of the great god ‘Profit’.

Protected for 795 Years

According to a ‘source’ close to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs they are “looking to energize our forests by bringing in fresh ideas and investment, and by putting conservation in the hands of local communities”. Now if that is not “twaddle’ I don’t know what is! How can we ‘revitalize’ our forests by chopping them down and building holiday parks?

“Putting conservation in the hands of local communities” sounds to me like passing the buck, big time! Once the forests are sold off and we see huge theme parks and golf courses in place the rats in Parliament can wash their hands and say; “it wasn’t us!”

GIve Me A Future – PLEASE!

I do so wish people could open up their minds and see what we are doing to our world, for the mistakes we make now will be felt by all mankind in future generations.

Nature is all about balance and our survival depends on us maintaining that balance. Trees, along with the plankton in the oceans, are our major sources of oxygen on the planet and without them we would not inhabit this world for long. Both of these essential ‘life partners’ are being threatened as never before in the history of the world.

Huge Tracts of Rain Forest Gone Forever

By far the most dangerous is the decimation of the Earth’s forests and fauna that has gathered momentum over the past four decades. When you consider the sheer size of the tracts of forest that are destroyed annually in the Amazon Basin it must give any sane person reason to stop and think. The problem exists all over the world for the forests are disappearing in Africa and the Far East as well as South America.

The Amazon Rain Forests have been proven by Meteorologists to be the driving force behind the weather patterns for countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean, i.e. Central and Northern America, West Africa and Europe. The effects of the Amazon River, the second largest in the world, are felt deep into the Atlantic. It has been shown that even two hundred miles off the coast of the mouth of this great river samples of fresh water have been taken from the ocean, such is the force of the huge mass of water carried by the Amazon.

Hurricane Katrina

You have to ask yourself, where are the hurricanes that plague Central and North America born? Normally in the central Atlantic off the coast of Northern South America. These hurricanes have become increasingly powerful over the last two decades and the destruction of those like Katrina will be nothing to what is waiting in the wings. My first reaction, when hearing about Katrina on the news was; “Get used to it!” for it is certain we will see the power of hurricanes increase significantly as we continue to destroy the balance in Nature.

Compared to the Amazon, the destruction of British forests is but a drop in a bucket, but many drops will fill any size bucket you care to have.

You only have to look at all the other signs of change around the world to see the significance of what is happening. It was recently announced that ‘The Dead Sea’ in Palestine will cease to exist by 2050 because it is drying up. Watch the CBS News report on:

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=2213582n

The Sahara Desert in North Africa, The Kalahari Desert in South Africa and the Gobi Desert in Mongolia are all extending their boundaries at a steady pace.

A Lone Survivor in the Desert

The most significant of these is the Sahara that has enlarged tremendously in the last forty years because the indigenous people are wood burners and they have steadily removed all the trees that kept the desert at bay. True, they had little choice other than to move to new areas, but the end result is the same.

All the signs are there for us to see, but so long as people worship the god ‘Money’, and continue to be self-centred and uncaring about things outside their daily lives, nothing will be done to stop the decline.

Whichever way you look at it, trees are essential for the survival of mankind on this planet, and the more we cut down, even on a small scale as in England, the closer we come to our extinction as a race.

Roy.


Haiti – What Happened to All the Money?

Posted in Britain, Environment, Haiti, Insanity, Modern World, Somaila, UN, United Nations with tags , , , , , , , , on 18/07/2010 by floroy1942

In times of crisis countries and governments are quick to offer aid and funds to people inflicted with disaster, as happened in Haiti on January 12th of this year. But now, six months on, has the lot of the Haitian people improved much? The sad answer is; No!

Devastation to Port Au Prince

Devastation to Port Au Prince

Country after country that has suffered a natural disaster, and the indescribable hardship to its population, face the same barren fact that the rich countries seldom live up to their promises. People made homeless, such as the Haitian population of Port Au Prince, continue living in makeshift shanties made of cardboard and wood scraps. So why are the Haitian people still living in shanty towns?

1 Billion Dollars

The EU promised $474m; Brazil $210m; The UK $32.7m; France $10.4m; the USA $100m, and Canada $131.5m. This is only the tip of the iceberg, for many smaller nations also pledged money for the relief of the suffering in Haiti.

In total, some $5.3 billion from 60 nations was pledged to help the Haitian people get their infrastructure back in some sort of working order, of that only 10% has actually been delivered, and most of that as cancelled debt. This means that very little has actually arrived to repair the devastation to the country’s infrastructure, in which little has changed. So why have the pledges not been fulfilled?

It would seem that after the disaster dropped from the world headlines, many governments took a second look at the huge amounts of money they had donated in haste, and the whole question of paying the pledges dropped into the quagmire of politics and bureaucracy, and will of course in time, be totally forgotten. 

Shanty Town

In the last 50 years the world has reeled to 33 natural disasters, everything from famine, drought, earthquakes, hurricanes and epidemics and the total number of casualties registers in the billions. When disaster strikes it is natural for countries to seek outside help, for no one country has the money or resources to battle such an event alone. Even the United States was offered, and accepted, outside help for Hurricane Katrina.

Haiti Tent City

I am still of the opinion that an international organisation should be set up for the immediate, and long-term recovery of nations struck by natural disasters (I refer you to my blog Haiti Earthquake – Why Was the World Not Better Prepared? of 25 January 2010).

A Caribbean Hurricane

We are of course to blame, for our reliance on fossil fuels and our desperate need to own a car will be our undoing.

Meanwhile, the people of Haiti, Bangladesh, Africa and many others, continue to survive in squalor because nations cannot live up to their promises.

It is time for a change of strategy for YOU may be next!

Roy.


Why is the World Not Better Prepared For Disaster?

Posted in Environment, Modern World, Security Council, Summit, UN, United Nations with tags , , , , , on 25/01/2010 by floroy1942

Haiti has shown yet again that the world is totally unprepared for natural disasters, and tens of thousands die as a result. One has to ask, of the 150,000 plus people that died, how many could have been saved if the aid had arrived within a day instead of a week?

Throughout the history of man, the world has witnessed a succession of catastrophes from Tsunami’s, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, floods, drought, pandemics and famines that have cost the lives of tens of millions of people across the world. Advances in methods of transportation in the last fifty years now allow aid to be sent to these areas, but it is still extremely slow to reach the victims due to the logistical methods currently employed. Instead of being prepared for the inevitable, we are forced to react after the event.

The various organisations and governments slowly gear up to send supplies and specialists to the scene, but it all takes time before we see ‘feet on the ground’ as it were. Governments promise millions of dollars to the relief effort, but this again takes time to organize. In the meantime, just as in Haiti, the lost souls cry out for aid that will arrive, eventually, but far too late for some.

Disasters, some cataclysmic in nature, have been part of Earth’s history since the planet first formed. It is the way of things. The first such event recorded by science was the disappearance of the dinosaurs, and since then man himself has been struck many times.

The last one hundred years alone has seen ten major earthquakes, three volcanic eruptions, seven hurricanes, cyclones and floods, and nine pandemics and famines, all of which can be classified as major disasters. The cost in human lives of these tragedies is conservatively estimated at 1.7m for earthquakes, 73.000 for volcanic eruptions, 1.5m for hurricanes, cyclones and floods and 74.6m for pandemics (not including AIDS) and famines. The total estimated death toll from these events is almost 78m people, but the true figure will never be known.

Haiti is just another chapter in the long tale of woe and heartbreak suffered by the people of the world when nature strikes back at us. For all the good intentions of people and governments, the citizens of Haiti died waiting for the help promised. So why was the world not better prepared?

 

It is easy to be wise after the event, and to criticise from the comfort of your fireside chair, but when all is said and done the people did their best within the current system, and worked with the best intentions. I will not criticise the efforts of those who worked to ease the suffering of the Haitian people, but would rather look at what could be done to improve the process of aid to disaster areas.

The UN is often looked to for leadership by many less well-off countries in a crisis such as this, and rightly so, while the richer nations vie to be the first to provide aid and succour to the afflicted.

After a short time the huge aid machine starts into motion as governments and aid agencies begin gathering food, medical supplies and equipment for transportation to the affected area. Charities start the publicity campaigns to raise money for the victims, and governments come forward one by one with promises of cash. It all takes time. Time the desperate people of the affected area do not have. Haiti has amply demonstrated that people were dying for the want of simple things like water. The human body can survive for up to three weeks without food but only a day or two without water, especially in a hot climate like Haiti.

The regularity and severity of natural disasters is increasing decade by decade, and whether this is due to man’s interference in nature is not something I wish to debate here. The important thing is, it’s happening, and we need to be more prepared. So what to do?

Looking logically at what is facing us every few years, and scientific forecasts seem to indicate the time between events will get smaller with time, We need centralised aid and equipment to be ready for shipment anywhere in the world after a single phone call. Yes, I can hear the critics, Impossible!!! But is it?

Why should the UN Council not consult, and decide on strategic locations around the globe for stockpiles of disaster aid equipment, food, water and medical supplies. Many will say, but food and medical supplies have a limited life!!!! True, but what about military rations that stay good for years! Most medical supplies can be kept for a number of years without harm. Usually it is only certain drugs that have a short limited life.

 

So let us surmise that we have set up these UN Depots around the world in say, Buenos Aries to cover South America, Mexico City to cover Central America, Washington for North America, Berlin for Western Europe, Rhiyad for the Near East……….well, you know what I mean! It would become a network of logistical centres covering the globe, stationed for the most part at military airfields to allow rapid deployment using transport aircraft.

Agreements could be entered into with countries having heavy lift capable aircraft, military or civilian, that can be commandeered by the UN in time of crisis. These agreements would also include the use of military vehicles closest to the disaster area that can be used to distribute the aid once it reaches airfields within a reasonable distance from the area affected. The same would apply for helicopters that are so essential to the distribution of aid in many areas. Specialists in disaster rescue would receive equipment flown in from the nearest logistic centre.

OK! So let us put forward a simulated scenario for Haiti.

At 01.00hrs on January 30th a call is received by the UN Disaster Watch office that a 7.8 earthquake has hit Port-au- Prince in Haiti. The nearest Logistic Centre is The Mexican Air Force Base in Mexico City. A call goes out to the Commandant to activate the relief effort at 01,30hrs. He calls in his Base personnel who begin preparations for dispatch, bearing in mind that food, water and basic medical supplies are already palletised.

In the meantime, the UN office calls the Mexican, Cuban, Venezuelan, Columbian and American Military Command structures for transport aircraft, i.e. the closest countries with military transport aircraft. The manufacturing companies of ‘sensitive drugs’ on the continent are requested to supply previously agreed shipments of essential drugs, which may equal one days production for example. These are trucked to the nearest military airfield for onward shipment to Mexico City, or alternatively, the disaster area. The drugs and quantities required would have previously been decided upon by UN medical experts based on previous incidents and location.

In preparation for the arrival of the aid at the nearest airfield, the UN commanders, under its agreement, order trucks from both the Haitian and Dominican Republic Military which are directed to the airfields. Rescue Specialists and Medical Staff from surrounding countries, military or participating civilians, are directed to report to military airfields where they will be flown to Haiti. Their equipment will come from the Logistic Depot.

The required number of helicopters are requested from Cuba, The Dominican Republic, Jamaica and the Bahamas, including any suitable civilian craft of load carrying capacity.

It is estimated that the initial aid carrying aircraft from Mexico City could be on the ground within twelve hours. Also within that time period, sufficient trucks and helicopters should have arrived at the airfield to begin inland distribution. As surrounding nations gear up to the crisis, more transport means and supplies will be forthcoming. The rescue and medical teams from the closest countries could be on the ground within that same period.

I am well aware some will think they have found a flaw in this plan, i.e. that of money. So why does the UN not have a Central Disaster Fund that would be used to finance these operations. The Fund could have a target figure of say ten billion dollars that is administered by the UN Disaster Relief Office. The fund would be topped up when it is used. Richer countries line up to give large sums of money after a disaster, but why not pay a lesser amount annually into the central fund? If the will is there, an agreement could be reached whereby all countries donate to the fund each year based on their GDP. This would mean the affluent nations giving more than the poorer ones, but so what, they can afford it.

As soon as a crisis develops, money from the fund is used to compensate donating nations for their expenditure where required, and more important, help rebuild the damage done by whatever catastrophe has struck the unfortunates. There would be no need to rely on the generosity of gifts by the general public or Aid Agencies, nor governments to donate huge sums at a time when they may have concerns at home that need attention, like the current recession.

To many this will seem like a crackpot idea, and I realise that such an undertaking would require an enormous amount of work, planning, and above all co-operation between countries, but is it outside our capabilities? No I think not! If we are truly intent on relieving the suffering in the world when a catastrophe strikes, we can do it. Such natural disasters transcend petty disputes between nations and could affect us all at some time in the future. No country can hold up it’s hand and say it will never happen to us.

The human race is undoubtedly changing the world, and scientists say not for the better. They predict that we will experience more and more natural disasters in the years to come, and who can say with a certainty they are wrong? For this reason we should do all we can to be prepared. This is one way we can do that.

It is time the UN did something positive for all of mankind.

Roy.

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