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.