There are days behind us with some big and small disasters. Storms have swept through several countries on the Mediterranean. More than 10,000 people died in a devastating flood in Libya, and there were also fatalities in Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey and Spain. These were the big catastrophes, fueled by climate change. The small catastrophes are political decisions that are becoming apparent: the German federal government is putting the brakes on the thermal insulation of buildings (SZ Plus), and the British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wants to allow new vehicles with combustion engines to be registered for longer than planned. This even scares car manufacturers because they want reliable specifications (SZ Plus).
In any case, it is no longer about preventing climate change, but about limiting it and learning to live with some changes. Researchers at the “Complexity Science Hub” in Vienna recently investigated how this can be achieved. They have examined more than 150 historical crises to find out how societies cope with environmental disasters and climate change. A quintessence of the study is: The stronger the social cohesion, the better societies cope with disasters. If you look at how the election campaign is currently escalating in Bavaria (SZ Plus), it doesn’t bode well, neither for climate protection nor for our resilience.
But among all the bad news there is also good: As of Wednesday, the United Nations Marine Protection Agreement was finally ready to be signed. 70 countries signed the agreement on the first day, with Germany following suit on Thursday. The signatories must now ratify it for it to come into force.
And there is some good news – at least in case you have to hear from acquaintances every now and then that there have always been heat and storms. Everything is completely normal, the weather is changeable. From now on you can check these manslaughter arguments based on concrete facts. Using a new weather tool from SZ, you can check every day how normal the weather is in your home district or in your independent city, from Trier to Görlitz and from Flensburg to Berchtesgaden. This may not help the climate directly, but it might help you.
By the way, in Munich the weather is rarely “normal”. In the past 30 days it has been an average of 1.9 degrees warmer than in the 1960s. It was exceptionally warm on 18 days and unusually cool on four days, including today. At 15.8 degrees Celsius, the city is just below normal today.
(This text comes from the weekly Newsletter Climate Friday you here free of charge can order.)