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This video today is dedicated to my mate Stephen. Stephen has a Ph.D. He's presently in
Japan. His role in life is to educate us, and try and stop what we are doing to the world in
regards to Climate Change. When he hears me talking about some of the things here, I'm
sure he'll be shaking his fist in the air, because it is exactly what he is fighting against. Go
First story today - La Nina, El Nino. From Spanish: La Nina - girl; El Nino - boy. This is a
weather situation which occurs with the warming of the sea off the coast of South America,
the west coast of South America. What happens there is the water goes up in the air. OK.
El Nino, La Nina - kind of same effects, but opposite. El Nino, it takes the rain from South
East Asia and Australia, and it dumps it on North America's west coast. That means droughts, fires in South East Asia and Australia; and floods, landslides in North America. La Nina,
basically the same thing - other direction.
Is it serious? Let's have a look. 1997 - extreme El Nino. 23,000 dead (that's the main thing), and $45 billion damage. That's not the main thing because money is nothing. Money is very possibly the cause of all this. 1998, going the other way - extreme La Nina. Flooding
displaces 200,000,000 people in China, flooding submerges half the landmass of
Bangladesh, and it sparked up the hurricane season in North America - which was very, verybad - including the worst hurricane on record. So, that's how bad it is. Very bad.
Australia - the lucky country. Or perhaps not. Australia is going to get the worst of the
climate change carryon it seems. The rest of the world has by the end of the century a rise intemperature between 2.8 and 5.1 degrees. Australia is looking at five degrees. 2014 was their third warmest summer on record. 2013 was their warmest summer ever on record. What's going to happen to the lucky country. Higher temperatures, rising sea, floods, droughts, and
less snow. So, you won't be able to ski on Mt Kosciuszko. That's alright. They all come to Niseko to ski.
Final story today - it's all bad. It's all terrible isn't it. We've got to do something. CEOs of the world don't seem to care. So the World Bank boss, he cares. He says if we don't do
something it's going to be a disaster. Al Gore, we all know he's fighting the good fight. The World Bank boss talks about global warming reaching 'ruinous levels'.
However, an annual survey of CEOs throughout the world found that climate change generally wasn't in the top 19 worries that they have. How about that? That's who's running our
companies. Their biggest worry - wait for it - (drumroll) overregulation. So their biggest worry is people putting regulations in to stop them doing what they're doing and global warming,
and climate change, and emissions come right under that umbrella. So, the guys who are
running the ship, they don't care. They're worried about overregulation, they're worried
about skills. Of course they're worried about taxes - but they don't lose too much sleep over Climate Change. The only way anyone can change that is to vote with their feet, vote with
their wallet. Until the consumers of the world start demanding change, nothing is going to
Stephen, thank you mate.