On the 7th August, the Washington Post reported on the California wildfires joining together - to form what has become known as The Mendocino Complex Fire. This is now the largest fire recorded in this state, which is the most populous as well as the third largest in America. As of the 7th August, the fire has burned through 283,800 acres. It will get worse before it gets better.
Think of the noxious fumes rising uncontrolled into the sky - they have their own contribution to make to global warming - where is the science to cope with this?
Australian wildfires have destroyed homes and killed cattle - news which was reported by Reuters in March this year. They have caused extensive damage in rural areas of Victoria and New South Wales (NSW). The fires, believed to have been sparked by lightning, were fanned by dry, hot winds as temperatures reached 41 degrees Celsius (106 F) throughout a single day.
In July, it is America that is suffering the effects of the extreme temperatures, aided by high winds, which has caused havoc along much of the west coast of the country. NASA reports just one of these fires taking 2000 personnel to bring it under control. The situation is worse in California, where over 2700 people are fighting one of the wildfires which has driven many thousands from their homes.
"Climate change is continuing to unfold,” said Anthony LeRoy Westerling, (a professor of management of complex systems at the University of California).
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has committed $80 million to climate change adaptation projects in these three countries. A spokesman for the UN says "climate action is critical to advancing and securing development gains." The Green Climate Fund, established within the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, exists to help developing countries in their climate change projects. More information is given on the GCF website.
The Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund has awarded a grant to the Chinese Community Development Partnership, starting in March or April 2018.
The money is to help in reducing carbon emissions, and in tackling fuel poverty within the Chinese community in Glasgow. Climate change projects which are community-led have a considerable chance of success. More details can be found at this website.
Fuel poverty is to be seen across the U.K., with many bodies working together to resolve the problem. See this article by Energy UK.
Can the supermarkets take the obvious step now? If we can't re-use - refuse to sell - which store will lead the way on June 5th 2018?
A coalition of 40 Catholic institutions, from a number of developed countries, has been formed to divest from fossil fuels, urging others to do the same. (The Independent, 3rd October, 2017) Although not financially of great significance, this coalition has set the ball rolling for other organisations to pledge divestment from the energy which drives climate change.
The vision of a world without dirty energy is echoed here:
"Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.
(Teilhard de Chardin)
The changes which occurred as a result of a 1 degree increase in temperature, have affected the whole ecology of the lake. The fish population, fish and human food sources are casualties of this change. The scientific team will keep a close eye on this ecosystem, which may yet have more surprises.
Source - University of Alberta
NASA and Conservation International are partnering to map ecosystems connected to and including Mekong River to develop tools for evaluating the impacts of such threats as well as potential interventions on the entire Mekong Basin.
Woody Turner, NASA’s program manager for ecological forecasting in the Science Mission Directorate’s Earth Science Division. “With these initiatives, we aim to create and test standardized analysis approaches that can then be applied to ecosystems around the world, once again demonstrating the benefits to society of NASA’s satellite data and research.”
(See report by Samson Reiny, NASA's Earth Science News Team)
This blog was started by the Monday Group - which was set up in April 2016. Each item contains a link back to its source, where more information can be found. Comments are welcome