Wildfire

Jun. 25th, 2008 10:22 am
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Wildfires are burning all over Northern California. We don't live especially near any of them, and yet the air is hazy and smelly. I tried to take the kids for a wagon ride yesterday, but turned back early because I felt like I was holding cigarettes to their lips. This morning, the smell hit me halfway down the stairs.

Edit: Just check out the fire map. Yikes.

What a scary part of climate change this is! It seems that a lot of people think that if they hide inside and turn up the air conditioners, global warming won't bother them. But the drought--which may be partly due to natural cycles, but is almost certainly worsened by the human-caused heat--is baking the area into kindling. I suspect that homes and lives will be lost. It's a poor swap for an SUV.

Date: 2008-06-25 05:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clair-de-lalune.livejournal.com
That's horrible! I hope the fires don't come too close to you!

BTW, I like the new layout - it gives your userpic an eerie glow...

Date: 2008-06-25 10:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaderabbit.livejournal.com
I don't think we're in danger of anything worse than poor air quality right now, so breathe easy. Actually, take an extra breath for us. ;)

Thanks! I don't change layouts often, but I thought this worked well for the moon bunny.

Date: 2008-06-25 06:31 pm (UTC)
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What's terrifying is how many people out there still refuse to believe that global warming is happening, or that if it is, it's not anthropogenic. I ran into a denialist at a party the other day. A mostly-progressive guy, grad student in electrical engineering at Stanford, favors helping the poor and all that, and is convinced that we shouldn't bother addressing global warming because it's not our fault and it's a waste of resources that could be devoted to "more important" things. Gah!

Date: 2008-06-25 10:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaderabbit.livejournal.com
I don't really understand how people can be in denial about it. It seems so obvious. But that's people for you.

Date: 2008-06-25 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cynodd.livejournal.com
Yeah, this is a scary part of climate change. Too many people don't understand (like me) global warming, but then (unlike me) jump to seemingly logical but unscientific conclusions like, there can't be global warming because how could it be causing floods and drought at the same time?

How strange to be reading ljs of people I know dealing with drought at the same time as people dealing with floods, too. Unlike the people who can't see that this is global warming, it makes it clear to me that as we have more and more extreme weather that our system is obviously out of balance.

Makes me glad to live in Michigan. I saw somewhere a map of where people are safest in the U.S. from weather disasters. Generally speaking, we don't get much flooding, huricanes, tidal waves, earthquakes, or drought. Just tornados. And I'm told my city is in a natural basin that has never gotten hit by tornado. Sometimes flooding happens in the state, but not like around the Mississippi or anything. And we have these huge fresh water supplies... :)

Date: 2008-06-26 07:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] auros
I figure Michigan gets to worry about what happens when the Texans are so thirsty that they start looking around for people to invade... That is, after all, their solution to most problems. :-P

Date: 2008-06-26 02:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cynodd.livejournal.com
I figure Michigan gets to worry about what happens when the Texans are so thirsty that they start looking around for people to invade...

*rotfl* I guess that's what the Michigan Militia is for! :)

Date: 2008-06-25 07:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cynodd.livejournal.com
We don't live especially near any of them

40 miles is about as close as I'd want to get.

Date: 2008-06-25 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaderabbit.livejournal.com
You know the scary thing? The ones on the map are just the *major* fires. The little ones that are dealt with on a local level don't show up at all.

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