Seems to be a lot of arsonists protecting the forest from logging. Should be a hanging offence.
Has anyone experienced poor air quality from the forest fire in the Pacific United States? It looks like the air quality in Vancouver is very low. They have also arrested a pair of meth heads responsible for setting some of the fires. It turns out nearly 80% of the fire damage has been caused by arsonists.
As smoke from the U.S. wildfires blanketed the Metro Vancouver skyline in an orange haze over the weekend like something out of a science fiction film, a UBC scientist warned B.C. needs to be better prepared for what lies ahead.
Scientists have been saying the wildfire seasons will get worse because of the climate crisis for a decade, and now “we’re witnessing it,” said Lori Daniels, a forest and conservation sciences professor at UBC.
“What we all anticipated was coming in the future is the reality right now,” said Daniels.
Much of southern B.C. is still considered a “high” risk for wildfires, with pockets of “extreme” fire danger, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service.
“So they have record high temperatures, they have record droughts that has been building over many years, and now they have the Santa Ana coming and that’s the trifecta of conditions for extreme fire.”
Climate change is causing trees to die because of extreme heat and drought, which also stress the trees and make them vulnerable to insects, such as the bark beetle in California or the pine beetle here in Canada, said Daniels.
“Millions of trees have died in California and that became the fuel for today’s fires.”
In Canada we are not treating climate change as the crisis that it is, she said.
“We are not meeting our targets, so we have problems at the national level, provincially, and even at the individual levels. We should be doing everything we can to reduce our carbon impact on the environment.”
She also said individuals with community support should be fire smarting their properties to make them more resistant to fire, and there still needs to be wildfire resistance plans in every community.
Daniels advocates for transformative change in the way B.C. manages its forest. That means less maximizing profit and short-term costs, such as no clear-cutting and planting more broadleaf trees even though they are not as profitable as tree that produce lumber, but in the long term it will be more sustainable for forest management.
Another big short-term cost that communities struggle with is fuels mitigation, or clearing out the debris and dead wood so that the fire is less intense and easier to control.
Daniels argues the province should be spending money on wildfire preparation in the same way it has spent billions in seismic upgrades to schools, roads, and bridges to keep people safe during a catastrophic earthquake.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the parliamentary leaders of the G7 countries issued a joint declaration Saturday warning, "the climate crisis is the existential threat of our time."
Pelosi, D-Calif., hosted the virtual summit with her legislative leader counterparts from Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom. The purpose was to devise a strong international response to climate change, and address health and economic disparities.
"The climate crisis is the existential threat of our time, jeopardizing the health and well-being of every family in every community around the world," Pelosi and the world leaders wrote in their joint declaration. "Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations in 2020 are among the highest averages ever recorded. The planet suffered through the second hottest year ever in 2019."
"As the Earth heats up, climate-related impacts, including heat waves, hurricanes, wildfires, droughts, and flooding, are worsening," they added.
Saturday's summit was to include virtual appearances from U2's Bono, the Dalai Lama, Jane Goodall, former Obama administration Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and former Secretary of State John Kerry.
Pelosi and her fellow legislative leaders agreed that climate change and the coronavirus pandemic require a robust government response as does environmental justice for economically vulnerable and frontline communities.
"Climate policy can end the perpetuation of systemic inequalities," the leaders wrote in their joint statement.
Pelosi, who links the raging wildfires on the West Coast to climate change, already said she plans to make climate legislation an early agenda item if Joe Biden and Democrats win in November.
"It is absolutely a priority," Pelosi said.
You pass a law making it illegal to teach facts. See State v. Scopes, Tenn. 1925.
Scopes Monkey trials? Even that was a step up from a couple hundred years before when religious fanatics burned people at the stake for not following the accepted dogma.
And yet this has been one of our wetter summers. What happens when facts do not fit the dogma?