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Re: Wildfires 2019 Thread

Unread postby onlooker » Thu 22 Aug 2019, 12:38:59

dohboi wrote:Sao Paulo day darkened to night by smoke from Amazon fires

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/sk ... KF8LGvFq44

And these fires were set intentionally by Cattle ranchers and loggers backed by the Brazilian Govt. We are literally stoking the flames of our own demise 8O
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Re: Wildfires 2019 Thread

Unread postby dohboi » Thu 22 Aug 2019, 14:51:47

Good point. On the continent to the north:

Bigger, more frequent wildfires turning Canada’s boreal forest into source of carbon...

https://globalnews.ca/news/5794851/wild ... al-forest/

Bigger, hotter wildfires are turning Canada’s vast boreal forest into a significant new source of climate-changing greenhouse gases, scientists say.

The shift, which may have already happened, could force firefighters to change how they battle northern blazes, said Merritt Turetsky, an ecologist at the University of Guelph and co-author of a paper that appeared in the science journal Nature on Wednesday
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Re: Wildfires 2019 Thread

Unread postby onlooker » Thu 22 Aug 2019, 14:58:41

Yep..
Fires in the Amazon could be part of a doomsday scenario that sees the rainforest spewing carbon into the atmosphere and speeding up climate change even more

https://www.businessinsider.com/amazon- ... nge-2019-8
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Re: Wildfires 2019 Thread

Unread postby Plantagenet » Thu 22 Aug 2019, 15:02:48

Theres a multi-year drought hitting much of eastern Africa, and with the drought comes fires. I saw several wildfires burning while I was in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and there were big burn scars across the landscape both in village areas and in the wildlife preserves and national parks.

The elephants and the other charismatic megafauna are having a very difficult dealing with the drought because there is very little food available, and when big areas get burned over the available food in those areas drops to zero.

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Re: Wildfires 2019 Thread

Unread postby dohboi » Fri 23 Aug 2019, 14:23:36

Thanks for the ground-proofing, P. Sounds bad.

Meanwhile, back state-side...

I was just thinking that I hadn't heard much about CA fires recently, and then I saw this:

Fast-moving wildfire erupts in California, forcing thousands to evacuate


Mountain fire races across hundreds of acres in just hours as wildfire season looms large over the state

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/ ... sta-latest

A fast-moving wildfire that broke out on Thursday in northern California has forced the evacuation of nearly 4,000 residents, racing across at least 600 acres within just a few hours, officials say.

The Mountain fire, which erupted on the outskirts of a national forest in northern California, has threatened 1,110 homes and structures. As of Friday morning the fire was 40% contained , according to Cal Fire.
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Re: Wildfires 2019 Thread

Unread postby Azothius » Tue 27 Aug 2019, 09:45:21

Trump’s Trade War Linked To Amazon Rainforest Destruction
As U.S. soybeans sit in silos, Brazilian farmers push to break new ground to satisfy the Chinese market.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-tr ... b1fd1fcf09



As unsold U.S. soybeans are stored in silos across the farm belt, Brazilian farmers and corporations scramble to satisfy the voracious Chinese market. The push to break new ground amid President Donald Trump’s trade war with China is putting increasing pressure on the Amazon rainforest and is likely linked to the region’s devastating fires, according to experts.

Brazil is America’s biggest soybean competitor and has stepped up its production now that China has slashed its purchases of U.S. crops in retaliation for Trump’s tariffs on Chinese imports. Soy shipments from Brazil jumped 27% from 2017 to 2018. Chinese imports from Brazil in the 12 months through April amounted to 71 million tons — nearly as much as China imported from the entire world in 2014, according to Bloomberg.

Amid increasing demands for farm products from China, Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has pledged to open up the 2 million-square-mile Amazon forest — including inside protected indigenous areas — to more farming and mining. He has jokingly referred to himself as “Captain Chainsaw.” Many suspect that raging fires in the region, which were largely unchecked for weeks, are part of a strategy to speed up that policy. The Amazon Environmental Research Institute has concluded that the recent increase in the number of fires in the Amazon is directly related to deliberate deforestation, the BBC reported.
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Re: Wildfires 2019 Thread

Unread postby onlooker » Thu 29 Aug 2019, 15:54:33

https://www.independent.co.uk/environme ... 80741.html


Climate crisis: More fires burning across central Africa than Amazon as global deforestation rates approach record high
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Re: Wildfires 2019 Thread

Unread postby dohboi » Sat 14 Sep 2019, 08:19:41


Queensland's early bushfire season prompts call for emergency plans in suburbia


https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-14/ ... n/11502320

Further context:


Max temps to be 4–10 °C above September average over most fire affected areas this weekend.

No significant rain is expected for the next seven days.

A southeasterly wind change over the Qld southeast coast district will bring increased fire danger today.


https://twitter.com/BOM_au/status/1172376415020314630

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Death Toll Rises as Millions in Indonesia Suffer from Raging Forest Fires

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/as ... g-11902862

... According to the Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency, more than 285,000ha of land have been burned since the dry season began in June.

On Friday morning, a total of 3,673 hotspots were detected across three provinces in Sumatra and three provinces in the Indonesian part of Borneo, compared to 1,092 hotspots detected in mid-August.

The forest fires have caused several Indonesian cities to be blanketed by thick smog. Neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia were not spared either.


Fires & Haze over Indonesia

On Friday afternoon, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore topped the list of major cities with the worst air quality according to Swiss-based group AirVisual.

In Singapore, the AQI ranged between 156 and 160. AQI measures the concentration of six major pollutants in the air.

Meanwhile in Indonesia, an AQI of 580 was recorded on Friday afternoon, a level which is considered “hazardous”, meaning that the air is deemed toxic and poses serious risk to the heart and lungs.

The haze was so thick in the city that visibility dropped to as low as 300 metres.

... This year’s forest fires are the worst since the 2015 haze crisis, when smog from forest fires in Indonesia reached as far as Hanoi and Phnom Penh.

Scientists had estimated that the 2015 fires released CO2 emissions comparable to Japan or India's annual fossil fuel emissions, exposed more than 69 million people to unhealthy air, and cost more than US$16 billion in damages.
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Re: Wildfires 2019 Thread

Unread postby Plantagenet » Mon 16 Sep 2019, 00:40:20

dohboi wrote:Scientists ... estimated that the 2015 fires released CO2 emissions comparable to Japan or India's annual fossil fuel emissions


The hope that the world's forests would "soak up" excess CO2 from the atmosphere is now dead. It seems more likely that wildfires will actually reduce the total amount of CO2 stored in the world's forests as huge areas of forest burn in the hotter and hotter climate conditions.

Forests can no longer be assumed to be a carbon sink---they are now another carbon source for global warming.

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Re: Wildfires 2019 Thread

Unread postby sparky » Mon 16 Sep 2019, 08:05:17

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The burning forest have little to do with any warming but a lot to do with growing palm oil and soja
farmers are cutting the forest earlier , let the dead trees dry up and torch the place to clear the land for farming
the rather bad Australians fires are just the usual disaster , it has happened for yonks

as a concession to our beloved porn doomers , it is true that it started pretty early
we usually get the big fires around Chrismass
there is a drought on and small town have to truck water
I drove around Armindale last month and the forests were a tinderbox
lot of very dry fuel,accumulated after a succession of wettish years

it doesn't take a genius to work out it was going to happen
even then its a blessing it started so soon , during the peak heat season it would have been uncontrollable
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Re: Wildfires 2019 Thread

Unread postby dohboi » Mon 16 Sep 2019, 16:52:14

A, good old spark...countering a claim that has not been made (at least not in the last couple posts).

But if you want an article that does make this connection, here it is:

Australia Burns While We Maintain A Violent Silence On The Climate-Ecological Crisis


https://newmatilda.com/2019/09/12/austr ... Il-3x-H058
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Re: Wildfires 2019 Thread

Unread postby Azothius » Fri 08 Nov 2019, 08:35:36

An update on the Australian wildfires:


New South Wales, Australia is reeling after an"unprecedented" number of wildfires

http://www.thebigwobble.org/2019/11/as- ... -this.html

According to authorities, an "unprecedented" (90) number of emergency-level wildfires are streaking across New South Wales, in drought-affected areas aided by gusty winds and 35 deg C (95 deg F) heat. There are reports of people trapped in their homes in several places, with the fire crew unable to reach them due to the strength of the fires. "We are in uncharted territory," said Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, with at least 17 blazes at the highest threat level. "We have never seen this many fires concurrently at emergency warning level." Authorities warned some people to seek shelter from fires rather than flee, as it was now "too late to leave".

In Queensland, people in several towns including Cooroibah and Tewantin, with a combined population of around 6,500, were told to leave by the state’s fire and emergency services. Australia is suffering an early and fierce start to its bushfire season. This is one of Australia’s worst bushfire seasons with a record number of emergency warnings and firefighters battling dozens of fires and the summer has just started.

NSW is in the grip of a devastating drought meaning the fires will be almost impossible to extinguish without the help of rain. Last summer, Australia experienced its hottest summer on record, according to the nation's Bureau of Meteorology. Hundreds of individual heat records were shattered across the country. The warm weather, caused bushfires, blackouts and a rise in hospital admissions. Wildlife also suffered, with reports of mass deaths of wild horses, native bats and fish. Officials have confirmed that 2018 and 2017 were Australia's third and fourth-hottest years on record respectively.
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Re: Wildfires 2019 Thread

Unread postby Azothius » Sun 10 Nov 2019, 09:15:47


Australian Fire Service warns of 'catastrophic' danger for Sydney area on Tuesday as high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity combine to create fierce conditions

http://www.thebigwobble.org/

A warning from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) claiming Tuesday's bushfire risk for the Greater Sydney and Greater Hunter areas are set to be "catastrophic". It is the first time the Sydney region has been rated at that level since fire ratings began.


The RFS has issued a strong warning that "lives and homes will be at risk" as high temperatures of near 40 deg C, (104 deg F) strong winds and low humidity will combine to create fierce conditions.


The fires are thought to be Australia's worst bushfire season already with summer hardly started and are expected to escalate with many parts of the country suffering a devastating drought. NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said little reprieve in fire conditions could be expected over the next week or throughout the summer months of December, January and February. “The forecast for the balance of the season continues to be driven by above-normal temperatures (and) below-average rainfall to dominate over the coming months,”
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Re: Wildfires 2019 Thread

Unread postby sparky » Mon 11 Nov 2019, 02:16:37

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Yep tomorrow could be interesting ,150 schools will be closed as a precaution
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