Drowning New Orleans

When the immediate problems of the tragedy of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina have been dealt with, there are some questions that may be addressed.

  • Why was there no emergency plan in place?
  • Why did it take so long for official action to be taken?
  • Why were the levees only engineered to cope with a Category 3 hurricane?
  • When will the USA sign the Kyoto Protocol and take positive action against global warming?

The disaster was not unanticipated; Smiffy refers you to an article in the October edition of Scientific American. The online article linked to is incomplete; the full version is available through Scientific American Digital – page 64 of the PDF version.

This is not the first time that I have observed something that I have read in Scientific American making news some years after publication. (The last one was the revised food pyramid.) Governments and policy makers would do well to subscribe.