Of course, the framing of this phenomenon of extreme weather as the "new normal" is carefully engineered by the governing class so that we are not alarmed sufficiently to demand real changes to an economic system that is hellbent to promote growth and to satisfy their addiction to profits. You will have to look far and wide to find this UN report published anywhere in mainstream media.
According to a UN report released July 5, humanity is close to breaching the sustainability of Earth, and needs a technological revolution greater and faster than the industrial revolution in order to avoid “a major planetary catastrophe”.Instead we are fed commercials from Exxon and other oil companies that assure us that they are taking care of any environment problems caused by fossil fuels.
Oil industry analysts are making it clear that regardless of environmental disasters, Big Oil and "market realities" will have their way:
The idea that such reserves will now be deemed ‘off limits’ by legislative moratorium is about as likely as developed countries ever signing off on any serious emissions policies. Political bluster says one thing; political logic tells Congress (et al) another. Analysts should duly take note: we can expect to see offshore drilling, lots of it, and in very deep waters.I think that we are only beginning to see extreme weather. I think it is likely that extreme weather will accelerate over the next few decades and cause all kinds of human crises--unless, of course, we put a stop to the system that is producing this crisis.
This thinking also comes in handy when looking at the Arctic, or indeed Canadian tar sands when considering whether environmental musings or market realities will hold sway.