The scientists agree; the California wildfires are made worse by record heat, drought, and low humidity. The death toll from the Camp Fire is now up to 63 and the list of missing people is up to 631.
We think it’s bad now at 1C global warming; wait until we hit 1.5C or 2C. We have known that this would happen for decades; we dillied and we dallied and now here we are, with many more billions of people completely dependent on fossil fuels.
How many of us can re-learn how to live sustainably on the land? Is there any land left unspoiled enough to sustain us? Looks like we’ll find out sooner than later.
Photo of a great horned owl on the Malibu beach taking refuge from wildfire, by Wally Skalij of the Los Angeles Times.
Kenn Orphan writes: “This particular photo has a haunting, even iconic, quality. It is captivating. The owl almost seems to be looking at us inquisitively as if to say “what have you and your kind done to my world?” It is a stark and sobering reminder to us homo sapiens that this planet does not only belong to us, it belongs to a myriad of species, most of whom we shall never see or hear about.
Thanks to human caused climate change, pollution and rampant development, their world is disappearing like ours, but far more rapidly than anyone can imagine. In fact, according to the World Wildlife Fund, wildlife populations have fell an unimaginable 60% globally since 1970. This owl might be the best symbol for the cruelty of this normalized and ignored catastrophe because her eyes reflect the folly of our kind. They seem to show us that despite our enormous hubris, we are all in the same boat, and that boat is on fire and sinking.”