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Climate Change impacts around the world - Wildfires

The NY Times

Aug 13, 2021

"It is indisputable that human activities are causing climate change," says Ko Barrett, the vice chair of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

The Dixie Fire in Northern California has now been burning for nearly a month— it ignited near Sierra Nevada around four weeks ago on July 13th this year. It has now grown to become the second largest single fire in the recorded history of California.

This isn’t an isolated case. Wildfires in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Canada have created smoke that affects the air quality in most of the Western United States. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, there have been 39,402 wildfires since the start of 2021 compared to 33,917 in the same period in 2020. About 3.6 million acres were burned, compared to 2.3 million in 2020.

The wildfires in Greece started on August 3rd, and have been raging toward the nearby island of Evia, and areas close to ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. People have been forced to evacuate leaving their homes and lives behind. These patterns of wildfires and extreme weather conditions all over the world show that human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases are a contributing factor, according to the IPCC report released on 9th August by the United Nations.

Heat waves, droughts and wildfires are the effects of that warming are obvious and fatal. The world has warmed up by about 1.2 degrees Celsius since the industrial era began in the 1700’s and temperatures will keep rising unless the governments around the world make steep cuts to emissions.

Big structural changes are required to the way the world produces electricity, heats buildings, moves around and produces food. It’s not too late to change course right away to prevent things from getting far worse.

Global climate change is accelerating and we have limited time to act. Join hands with us at Enposs to reduce emission and use energy efficiently with Force.

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