Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Global warming is freezing these poor Peruvian people to death

A British newspaper website reported Sunday that climate change (global warming) is causing record cold temperatures in Peru, threatening the lives of some indigenous Andean mountain people.

Climate change is bringing freezing temperatures to poor villages where families have long existed on the margins of survival. Now some must choose whether to save the animals that give them a living, or their children.


In a world growing ever hotter, Huancavelica is an anomaly. These communities, living at the edge of what is possible, face extinction because of increasingly cold conditions in their own microclimate, which may have been altered by the rapid melting of the glaciers.

A consequence is that Quechua-speaking farmers and their families, who have managed to subsist for centuries at high altitude, believe they may not make it through the next southern winter.

There have been warnings from meteorologists in Peru that this month will see the Huancavelica region hit by the worst weather conditions in years with plunging temperatures, floods and high winds. The weather is already claiming lives; last month seven people died and scores were treated in hospital after torrential rain caused flash flooding in Ayacucho, the capital of the neighbouring region.


Climate change campaigners and development NGOs say that the failure of Copenhagen has signed the death warrant for hundreds of thousands of the world's poorest and that a quarter of a million children will die before world leaders meet again to try to thrash out another deal at the United Nations next climate change conference in Mexico in December. Among them may be these children of the high mountains.

This is very sad that children are dying because they are cold, but to lay the blame on so-called man-made global warming is just a hoax.

Is global warming the reason the temperature in Rolla was 0 yesterday? Well, if it is, then don't lay that global-warming tax us poor suffering Ozarkers. We're among the victims. Al Gore should lead a convoy of money-filled trucks into Phelps County to help us.

Well, I really shouldn't be so sarcastic when discussing the deaths of poor people in Peru. They need some help; let their government step in and take care of them. What? You think our government should? Where is our government going to get the money to do that?

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