The Colorado Flood: An Opportunity to Think about Risk, Natural Disasters and Climate Change

Despite the over-whelming evidence, that climate change is caused by humans burning fossil fuels and biomass. The Governments of the Global North continue with ‘business-as-usual’, and actively support fossil fuel industries and industries dependent on them. Also, the affluent middle-class have done nothing, to reduce the excessive consumption but instead, expect the least well-off, to reduce theirs.

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As some of the readers of this blog will know I recently moved from London to Nederland, Colorado (a small town outside of Boulder – where I work). I arrived just in time for the Colorado flood last week. My tiny home up at 8500ft elevation was undamaged, but the water ran down the canyon ripping up both roads and houses down stream in Boulder and beyond.

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Water from the mountains flowed down Boulder Creek at up to 25 times its normal intensity. The canyon road from Nederland into Boulder was badly damaged not only by mud and rockslides but by the erosion of its foundations as the earth dissolved into the river. Early this week I attended the town of Nederland post-flood recovery meeting where I witnessed the community coming to terms with the fact that the road we all depend on to get to Boulder has been partially washed away…

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