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by Einar Du Rietz

Yesterday, I witnessed a courageous team save lives by clearing the roof tops from snow and ice. There has already been casualties this year, caused by falling ice, so I regard these fellows as the heroes of the season. It took – skilled and expensive – manpower, but heavy equipment, including a lift was also necessary. That means technology and fuel.

In this record breaking winter, it feels safe to have things like that. And it feels safe to have technologically advanced hospitals taking care of all the broken limbs caused by slippery sidewalks. (However, where I’m spending the winter, the emergency is a government monopoly, so the waiting lines are long.)

On the other side of the globe, a part of Australia the size of France and Germany together, is hit by one of the worst and most devastating flooding ever. We can only begin to imagine the resources needed for both rescuing and rebuilding.

You hear some mumbling about global warming and climate change in relation to this, and sure, climate changes. All serious scientists however, point – in the case of Australia – to La Niña, sister to El Niño. These are cyclical, recurring phenomena, recorded since the 19th century, but naturally older than that. That’s why it’s so dangerous to tell people to stop producing energy and technology, or even to slow down the production. At times like this it’s more needed than ever.

May I humbly suggest that the delegates at the next climate conference take a moment to contemplate this, and the potential dangers of meddling with both development and other people’s resources, in a vain attempt to control the climate.

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About the Author: Einar Du Rietz

Einar Du Rietz is a journalist and communications consultant based in Europe. He has authored several environmental reports for the Electrolux Group and written many blogs for the Center for the New Europe at CNE Environment.