Texas and other parts of the U.S. have suffered unprecedented drought this year, destroying incredible portions of this year’s crops. In a distant universe.. er, on the other side of this climatic globe, record floods are pounding Thailand, destroying huge portions of the world’s rice crop. Who could have imagined that the world would be seeing record floods and record droughts at the same time? (Too bad we don’t have any scientists studying the world’s climate and warning us about such things.)
In all seriousness, though, Thailand is getting smashed, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to let up any time soon.
“Thailand’s catastrophic floods may take up to six weeks to recede, the prime minister said Saturday, as residents living in Bangkok’s outskirts sloshed through waist-high waters in some areas and the human toll from the crisis nationwide rose to 356 dead and more than 110,000 displaced,” the AP reports.
I can image the global warming denier talking point now (following along the strain of “CO2 is plant food“): Water is a basic life necessity. It is critical to life. Thailand is lucky. It is getting a tremendous, months-long downpour of the treasured life necessity.
Sadly, this is really how GOP political leaders and global warming deniers think (or argue, at least):
Maybe Thailand’s devastated rice crop just needs more plant food.
Back to reality, more from the AP: “Excessive monsoon rains have drowned a third of the Southeast Asian nation since late July, causing billions of dollars in damage and putting nearly 700,000 people temporarily out of work.”
Of course, make no connections:
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