Importance of Natural Resources

California Wildfires & Climate Change #kincadefire #gettyfire


Right now California is on fire. The Kincade Fire has forced some 200,000 people from their homes and destroyed many buildings in its wake, as well as disrupting lives in all sorts of ways. This has been happening at the same time as the Getty Fire has been affecting people in LA, and comes hot on the heels of 2018’s record-breaking Camp Fire, which destroyed many thousands of homes in California. But what’s the lessons from climate change? Well we can’t say that climate change causes these fires. After all there are all sorts of causes, from the natural to the very human mismanagement of the situations. But climate change certainly plays a role by providing fuel for the fire. It does this with hot, dry conditions. All of this has led to a five-fold increase in the area of California that burns each year since the 1970s. But understanding climate change doesn’t just help us understand the fire. Understanding the fire helps us understand climate change. Specifically what happens when disaster hits. We see that the responses are panicked, challenging. Even though California is the richest state in the world’s richest nation. And parts of California are insanely rich. The LA Times quoted one person evacuating who was faced with an unspeakable dilemma. “I have to figure out what to do with my Ferrari,” he said. I was going to try and do a Californian accent but it’s in everyone’s interest that I don’t do that. But just because California is wealthy, it doesn’t mean all Californians are wealthy. In fact many workers like housekeepers and gardeners still showed up for work in evacuated areas because they were scared of losing their wages. When disaster like this hits, think about the most vulnerable people in society. That includes people who are homeless, who are unwell, people who have nowhere and nobody to turn to. But the situation has been made even harder with planned power outages affecting some 1 million customers. These outages have been planned by energy provider PG&E to try and avoid sparking more wildfires. But the company has sparked a lot of criticism with many saying that they should have planned better to avoid these power outages and wildfires rather than just cutting the power for many. This lack of power is just making things even harder. It’s not only not being able to charge things like mobile phones, it’s also not being able to run air purifiers or vital medical equipment. Lots of people are getting around this by understandably purchasing private generators, but not everyone can afford these. And when they run they’re just gunna make the air quality worse and lead to more climate change. All of this paints a picture of how climate change will affect us. People often say to me when I talk about climate change that there’s no need to stop it. That we can adapt. And to that I say: Who? Who can adapt? Climate change-related disasters will disrupt lives. But what if your life is already disrupted? What if you’re already struggling to survive and then disaster hits? And remember: this is in California, in America. What happens when climate change hits in a poorer part of the world? You see climate change does affect all of us. But climate change does not affect all of us equally. I want to end on a more positive note. And what more positive story is there than the explosion of the youth climate movement in 2019. One of the young people leading the climate strikes in America is New Yorker, Alexandria Villasenor. And wildfires play a vital part of her story. “… And I was visiting family in California when the paradise fire broke out. And the air quality was so bad I had to – and I have asthma – I had to fly back to New York early. I was like: what is going on?? When I came back to New York, I was upset about California, I was mad.” Alexandria is now doing this. So for you, hearing about, or maybe even experiencing climate related disasters what are you going to do to limit climate change, and to protect everyone? If you want to understand the link between
extreme weather and climate change then make sure to watch my previous video
over here. And if you have any climate change questions
of your own leave them in the comments below. Until next time, bye! “… with mah ferahrih,” he said…. Sorry.


Reader Comments

  1. How do we make sure that adaptation is for everyone? And how do we make sure we have to adapt as little as possible?

  2. the Kincade fire was started by a failed jumper at the geyserville geothermal plant 9&10. Homeless camps are also responsible. the water table in California has been pumped down for the last 50 years. The state is mismaneged. It has very little to do with gobal climate. Climate change is a political leverage. Yes, I am from California, I left the state years ago, like many are doing today. Take your climate change fear mongering back to the U.K.

  3. Such a key thing so often left out of the conversation – it's the already disadvantaged that are being hit the hardest. Sigh…
    Great video though!

  4. Transition solutionS for climate change NOW:
    These 2 most important things, heating in towns and electricity generation ordinary people can't solve. We have to push government to push those that provide our heating need and electricity to switch to 0% CO2 solutions.
    1) Towns are heated today mostly with methane gas (CH4) ! We can transform this gas to hydrogen with steam reforming and send hydrogen in town instead of methane. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_reforming Steam reforming facility MUST have CO2 scrubbers on site and store byproduct CO2 in the ground.
    2) electricity generation must be created from renewable sources much more like solar and wind.
    Also existing electricity power plant on fossil fuels methane and oil (coal plants should be banned ASAP) MUST install CO2 scrubbers on every chimney and store that CO2 underground (old oil field or old natural gas (methane) reservoirs). Every CO2 release on large scale should be banned and slowly those small to in the near future.
    3) Transportation, On this individuals can have more effects. You can buy EV or use more public transportation and most importantly driving as less as possible. Use bicycle or electric bike or bicycle as much as you can.
    Those 3 things, 1, 2 are about 50-60% of CO2 emissions and 3 combined about 80% in total.
    Rest is meat consumption, plastics for example is less than 1% CO2 emissions.
    Also use less, reuse and do not buy so much things from far away that need huge amount of transportation.
    Buy local food, vegetables, fruits and always ask your self how much everything you do contribute to CO2 emissions .
    We can solve this right now but we have build infrastructure that depends on fossil fuels and it's not easy to switch instantaneously.
    Things for example like CO2 capture from air is solution that have no sense right now, but it is promoted by fossil fuel industry.
    Firstly address all thing above and solve it to not emit CO2 in air, ONLY then we can talk about CO2 capture from air.
    Also thing like energy efficiency is very important. If you thermally insulate your home you will use less energy for heating and then emit less CO2. For example LED light use 10 times less electricity for same light intensity. Incandescent light is only 3-5% efficient and LED is up to 30% efficient. Heat pumps, seasonal heat storage, solar heated water, solar roof can save lot of CO2.

  5. I'm going to do exactly nothing. I think I'll let George do it. There is no God. There is no afterlife. I could die at any moment, for any reason. Why oh why should I give a damn about climate change? I'm going to live it up while I'm still a human on planet Earth. When it's over, it's over. I just don't see my dead organic atoms sitting in a coffin caring about climate change.

  6. The sum of radiation and back radiation in the wavelength range of CO2 and methane is maximum 0.
    Source:
    Foundations of Mathematics

    The radiation into universe takes place directly from the ground via the atmospheric window or from a altitude of more than ~4km.
    It does not matter whether 2 or 10 watts per square meter are radiated directly from the earth or additionally conducted by convection due to increasing the greenhouse gas concentration. Overall more than 70% of the heat energy from the ground is conducted by convection.
    The surface temperature of a planet also depends on the heat capacity and the thermal conductivity of the earth, the sea water and the Troposphere.

    https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Atmospheric_Transmission.png#mw-jump-to-license

  7. Funny how uneducated everyone is on climate science. However, when our agencies suppress and manipulate data and research, I guess I can see why. CO2 is a trace gas that makes up about .02% of our atmosphere. 🤔 You really need to reeducate yourselves, without bias influence. Problem is, there is way too many people that are experts on climate, but they have no idea of the variables involved that drives the climate. They picked CO2, because its levels vary automatically with cooling and warming trends. Then they base the difference in concentration from samples taken from ice in the Arctic, where levels are lower to begin with. Then compare them with current levels measured on top of a volcano in a tropical climate. 🤔 As to concern with the wildfires, maybe pay attention to the areas in which they start. Most seem to be at or near geological hot spots.

  8. It's astounding that people bother to put a post up denying climate change still. It's also astounding the comment I am not going to do anything. That's doing something and it must be very sad being torched by such a selfish mind.. Thanks for discussing ethical issues Climate Adam and social inequality. It was my preliminary thesis many years ago in relation to this topic. It's a very difficult subject because most of the colleagues I spoke with were more or less wishing it would all go away and thinking it wasn't that bad. Fires are a very worrying factor as where I live in Australia we have experienced drops in rainfall and increased drying of vegetation. Then the fires themselves rely on volunteers and they are very difficult to manage. It's way past the time for denying and as you are going to die atleast die trying to do something for others. A life without ethics is a life wasted.

  9. The boomers and smoothbrains in these comments denying climate change are pretty hilarious… mostly because they'll die right along with the rest of us.

  10. I think the example is clear if we can't control a small open fire then how do you think we can control the climate especially via Co2 . Fires have been occurring naturally and by arson they are a problem that needs to be dealt with at a local level. Many fires are part of a natural cycle of regeneration. Human beings need to understand nature before they try and control it. Controlling climate falls into this category.

    Hence we should focus on what we know for example waste management this is something we fully understand we create garbage and yet we don't know what to do with it so we ship it overseas rather than deal with it.Single use plastic is produced by systems and people's laziness and causes major problems for the environment. Climate talk not only takes the focus away from fixable problems but also takes billions of dollars that could be used to fix these problems.

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