This morning, I spoke to Tim, a California Firefighter, and the first thing he told me was these raging fires are happening because of climate change. He went on to explain that the highest temperature recorded in the blistering Death Valley was 134°F(57°C) and less than 30 years ago Palm Springs reached 126°F (52°C)…less than 10 degree difference! Tim also expressed sadness for those who lost their lives to the recent growing California wildfires. Presently, firefighters are battling one of the most destructive and extreme fires in California history.
Since July 24, 2018, researchers have been closely following a group of grieving orcas carrying their dead calf in the Pacific Northwest. This is the longest orca grieving ritual ever recorded. According to the New York Times:
“A recent agreement to expand the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which carries oil from Alberta to British Columbia, would multiply tanker traffic through the orcas’ habitat and expose them to more noise and potential spills. Construction on that pipeline is expected to begin in August” (Zaveri).
It has been a “deadly” month in Japan, they have lost over 300 people in July due to extreme torrential rains and heat waves reaching 106°F (41.1°C). As reported by Bloomberg, 220+ Japanese people have died from landslides and floods with some areas getting “one-story high floodwaters” (Yamaguchi & Kim). So far, 116 deaths are related to heatstrokes. The extreme natural disasters in Japan don’t include the other destructive tropical storms in the rest of Asia.
“Climate change is a fact here,” said Nizar Hani, the Shouf Biosphere’s director. “There is less rain, higher temperatures, and more extreme temperatures,” both hot and cold, he said.”
Also according to the New York Times in 2017, “large parts of the Great Barrier Reef are now dead” (Gillis & Cave). These devastating global warming examples are just the tip of the iceberg (pun intended), I didn’t get into the many other ecosystem problems that currently exist.
What does it take for people to wake up? There is advanced solar technology out there to mitigate the effects of climate change and provide abundant energy wherever necessary. As of May 2018, the world population has increase to 7.6 billion people and counting. We need progress with better solar energy tech now. Instead, we currently have a pro-fossil fuel President pushing to reduce auto fuel emission rules in California.
Are you kidding me? When does this absurdity end?
Give solar fuel and solar power satellites a chance now. Where is my solar army when I need one?