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Extreme Natural Disasters
I’ve never experienced a summer like this, and I have lived in California for 65 years (except for 15 years when I lived in Florida).
There have been so many natural disasters—and so many have been unusual or extreme—that I want to say a few words.
I had to write this today after waking up this morning with an orange sun against an orange sky.
Before I go any further, I want to give you the definition of disaster, so you can become aware that what we are experiencing are disasters.
A disaster is a sudden calamitous event bringing great damage, loss, or destruction of property or life. While many disasters are sudden, I would say that any activity that causes great damage, loss or destruction would be a disaster, such as toxic products and deforestation which may not appear to be a disaster until some time has past and the great damage to life can be seen.
Today is the 24th sequential day that we’ve been under “spare-the-air” alerts.
The New York Times has a California Fires Tracker . They are writing about our California fires in the UK.
We are surrounded by fires north, east, and south (west is the Pacific Ocean, which is not on fire, thank goodness).
Compared to last year, California has seen over 2,650 more fires and a nearly 2000% increase in the acres burned year-to-date (January 1 â€“ September 7), across all jurisdictions. pic.twitter.com/hv7LmbI5AD
— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) September 8, 2020
Before I left for Florida in 2003, I had never seen fires like these. Since I returned three years ago, we’ve had huge fires every summer in October. Our fire season isn’t over yet.
But this isn’t all. The last week in August, not one but two hurricanes formed at the same time. Hurricane Laura was a deadly and damaging Category 4 hurricane that tied with a 1856 hurricane for the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in the U.S. state of Louisiana.
Yesterday New Jersey was struck by a 3.1 magnitude earthquake. A “rare event” said the New York Post.
And then there was the summer snowstorm in Colorado yesterday after a record-breaking heatwave.
Is Mother Nature trying to get our attention?
All of this on top of the ongoing covid pandemic which, according to the CDC now has reached more than 6 million cases in the USA.
I would say YES.
The Earth is a living system that strives to keep balance. When conditions fall out of balance, the system kicks in and make changes to bring the system back to normal. One example of this is when a virus gets into a human body, it creates a fever to kill the virus. Or when you eat more food than your body needs it gets stored as fat.
This same natural mechanism appears to be happening now. Hurricanes, for example, exist to lower the temperature of the water in the ocean. More heat in the water from global warming will result in more hurricanes.
You may not be experiencing such dramatic changes where you live, but trust me. Here in California, our natural environment is going berserk.
I knew this was coming, which is why I started this blog last year. But it’s coming sooner than everyone expected. It’s time to change our ways.
We'll be writing more about climate change and how our lifely actions are helping to reduce the risk in future posts.
SUSTAINABLE SAFETY SOLUTIONS, NEPAL: Mad-Made Disasters. This is a really good article about all types of disasters, the possible causes and results, and how we humans can change how we contribute to them.