The tropical rain forest amount of rain that fell on Tennessee, along with tornadoes, flooding modern cities and destroying towns there and in neighbouring states, was a record and therefore a sign of climate change.
The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland have all harmed commerce too.
Some new discoveries add an even more grim reality to the picture emerging in all of this.
We posted some disturbing information about the value of bees a while back, I mean their value in keeping the human species alive:
It has been stated by several biologists that, if it were not for the honey bee pollinating plants, humans would only last 3 or 4 years as our food supply would disappear [see UPDATE below].(Will We Destroy Food - The Bees, emphasis added). That is a shocking statement in itself.
Well, an equally shocking development happened this winter concerning the bee population:
The world may be on the brink of biological disaster after news that a third of US bee colonies did not survive the winter.(Guardian, UK, emphasis added). Meanwhile the ice continues to melt, which puts more moisture in the air, which means more rain, and then when that rain reaches the oceans, a rise in ocean levels.
Disturbing evidence that honeybees are in terminal decline has emerged from the United States where, for the fourth year in a row, more than a third of colonies have failed to survive the winter.
The decline of the country's estimated 2.4 million beehives began in 2006, when a phenomenon dubbed colony collapse disorder (CCD) led to the disappearance of hundreds of thousands of colonies. Since then more than three million colonies in the US and billions of honeybees worldwide have died and scientists are no nearer to knowing what is causing the catastrophic fall in numbers.
Scientists have discovered that when the water reaches the ocean, it may find its way to what could be called "ocean rivers" or currents deep in the ocean.
These currents can carry toxins quickly around the globe, and could increase "dead zones" around the globe.
There is also the spectre of catastrophe when potable water is also considered.
We truly have entered the Criminally Insane Epoch and civilization may not weather this storm.
There is an important distinction between human civilization and the human species.
The post What Do You Mean - World Civilization? and Confusing Civilization With Species point out the difference between human "civilization" and the human "species".
The honey bee is essential to the food economy of civilization and the failure can cause civilization to collapse even though the species will continue on.
Remember the distinction.
The damaged minds who officially doublespeak call the demise of the honey bee "marginally encouraging" because only a third of them died again four years running now.