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rapid succession, the two natural disasters, the worst in half a century, have
forced America’s second and fourth
largest cities to their knees, exacting heavy human toll and incalculable
In Texas, apart from 47 deaths, material damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey is estimated at
whopping $150b. Relief workers have
documented at least 36,000 rescue efforts since the first wave on August 25.
|Hurricane Harvey in Data|
More than one million are displaced, with 200,000 homes wrecked on a
path of destruction stretching almost 500 kilometers.
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the wildfire reminiscent of the biblical prophecy of Armageddon. So much that the authorities had to issue evacuation
order to residents of no fewer than 500 homes, followed by a formal declaration
of state of emergency by the Governor of California,
Edmund Brown Jr.
|Hurricane Harvey in Action|
Hurricane named Irma was fast
approaching the U.S. shores with residents of Florida bracing for another bout of nightmares.
earth-shaking inventions and innovations, despite all the extending of the
frontiers of knowledge through human intelligence, the United States, like other nations of the world, remains
vulnerable to the rampaging forces of nature.
|Hurricane Katrina in Data|
obliges the rest of the world to identify with the United States in this trying hour, we can only hope that these
natural disasters will serve as a wake-up call on President Donald Trump on the grim reality of climate change. Ever
so eccentric in thoughts and deeds, the American
leader is one of a small tribe who still live in denial of its existence in
what bears a faint resemblance of the natural atrophy evoked in William Golding’s Lord of the
|Hurricane Katrina in Action|
little ones find themselves in a virgin island imagined by Golding. Unable to rise above their cognitive limitations and be
united in the pursuit of things that bind them, the brats soon turn the
paradisal bequest into a cauldron of horror and self-immolation. Charlatanism trumps reason. The pristine
beach gets smeared by blood.
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rocket-scientists to help them connect the dots. While the Los Angeles fire tagged “La Tuna” probably erupted
with a spark on the northern edge, powerful erratic winds resulting from a
violated ecology helped fuel its spread across breath-taking 2,023 hectares,
with thick smoke billowing skyward, thereby poisoning the air around
most parts of the city as well as the suburbs.
|Los Angeles fires wails in action|
adds to the global warming which has been responsible for the irreversible
melting of the icebergs over the years, resulting in the rise in water levels.
So, the volume of rainfall has risen globally. So are tsunamis and hurricanes.
When it rains, existing waterways are increasingly unable to discharge into the
rivers and the oceans as seamlessly as was the case decades ago.
|Hurricane Sandy in Data|
resulting in at least 600 deaths, with many still missing. To say nothing of
massive destruction of property.
|Hurricane Sandy in Action|
deaths, displacement of tens of thousands and destruction of property worth
hundreds of million of naira.
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are yet to see similar vigor and depth in the federal response to the Benue disaster in the past few days with
victims left to waddle in neck-deep flood and vast number of houses immersed up
to lintel level.
|A Scene from Benue Flood|
not be over yet for Benue. If the
neighboring Cameroun, whose soccer
World Cup dream was recently decimated by Super Eagles in a 4.0 massacre,
decided to release water from the already overflowing Lagbo Dam, then more misery lays ahead for beleaguered Benue communities. You can never tell
where national bitterness aroused by the humiliation suffered on the soccer
pitch could lead in the times ahead.
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next harvest season. With farmlands now completely submerged, our “food
basket” is in great danger indeed.
migration of pastoralists to seek greener pasture for their herds in a manner
never seen in history. The result has been the rise of the buccaneering herder
quick to pull the AK-47 trigger against the subsistence farmer unwilling to
surrender their farmland to ravenous herds of cattle.
|An AK-47 wielding Cow Herdsman in one of Nigeria’s suburbs|
therefore, been a clarion call on mankind to shake off its lethargy
and rise to the new existential threat by evolving more creative ways to heal
and preserve the environment in a sustainable way. It is an advocacy some of us
have been involved in our own modest way over the years. Being the center of
greatest industrial activities in the universe and ipso facto the “greatest polluter”, the U.S. has of course come under significant
pressure to lead the crusade to preserve planet earth for the unborn
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without evidence or research, President
Trump once described the CC advocacy as a modern-day fraud. He tweeted: “The concept of global warming was
created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing
recorded under previous administrations against climate change, even as he
frenetically pursues policies to foreclose any fresh advance.
|A flood scene in Sierra Leone|
new head of US environment protection agency a co-denier, Scott Pruit, former Oklahoma Attorney General. Next, he axed
the agency’s budget from $8.1b to $5.7b. Thereafter came an executive order
freezing the effort of the Barak Obama
administration to limit the highly polluting coal industry under the Clean Power Plan, leaving the old plants
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expand offshore oil drilling and release formerly protected federal land to be
explored for private interest. His predecessor, Obama, had tried to ban offshore drilling permanently, citing a
an order disabling Obama’s policy
protecting waterways and wetlands which normally provide detention points for
flood water in emergency situations.
can only hope this ugly harvest of natural disasters in the U.S. lately will
disabuse Trump’s mind on the harsh
reality of climate change and nudge him to mend his ways.