3 natural disasters that beg for climate action

Australia wildfires

The start of 2020 found Australia in the midst of its worst-ever bushfire season – following on from its hottest year on record which had left soil and fuels exceptionally dry. The fires have burned through more than 10 million hectares, killed at least 28 people, razed entire communities to the ground, taken the homes of thousands of families, and left millions of people affected by a hazardous smoke haze. More than a billion native animals have been killed, and some species and ecosystems may never recover. (Photo: Oxfam)

east africa drought

Higher sea temperatures, linked to climate change, have doubled the likelihood of drought in the Horn of Africa region. Severe droughts in 2011, 2017 and 2019 have repeatedly wiped out crops and livestock. Droughts have left 15 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia in need of aid, yet the aid effort is only 35 percent funded. People have been left without the means to put food on their table, and have been forced from their homes. Millions of people are facing acute food and water shortages.

South Asia flood

Over the last year deadly floods and landslides have forced 12 million people from their homes in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Just 2 years ago exceptionally heavy monsoon rains and intense flooding destroyed, killed, and devastated lives in the same countries. In some places the flooding was the worst for nearly 30 years, a third of Bangladesh was underwater. While some flooding is expected during monsoon season, scientists say the region’s monsoon rains are being intensified by rising sea surface temperatures in South Asia.

Can this be reduced?

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  • global-conversation.png jovial_harp | Maryknoll Convent School | Hong Kong
    15 May 2020

    Hi invigorated_chicken, great post! I think all these natural disasters can be reduced when people in the world react quickly, it can also be reduced when people in the world pay more attention to it. As you can see, during the Australian wildfires, the government did not react fast, and they didn't realize how serious the fire will become. But not only the Australian government is to blame, the wildfire is also caused by what the Australians and the rest of the world does every single day. Humans caused climate change, and climate change made the wildfire happen. This, as I quote what invigorated_chicken said, begs for climate action. To conclude, people all around the world must react to climate change to prevent more extreme weather events from happening too frequently, not only the affected country should react, the whole world should take action, because if everyone does their part, it might change the world!! The lack of awareness is a big reason of why extreme weather events are happening too often.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      jovial_harp's comment 15 May 2020

      A very well-structured answer!

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  • Michael Ephraums.jpg EXPERT: Michael Ephraums, Audit Associate @ KPMG
    15 May 2020

    Hi Invigorated Chicken, thank you for you post, i find it interesting and useful that rather than pointing to individual disasters you have pulled together a post relating to trends that are increasing the repetition and severity of existing events.

    Do you have any thoughts on how we might address climate change as a whole or how we could reduce the specific impacts of these disasters which, in the short term at least, will continue? An example might be fuel management policies in Australia such as increased burn offs.

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    1. global-conversation.png invigorated_chicken | Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girl's School, Elelenwo | Nigeria
      Michael Ephraums, Audit Associate @ KPMG's comment 16 May 2020

      Unite for bold climate action. ...
      Use energy wisely — and save money too! ...
      Get charged up with renewables. ...
      Eat for a climate-stable planet. ...
      Start a climate conversation. ...
      Green your commute. ...
      Consume less, waste less, enjoy life more. ...
      Invest in renewables and divest from fossil fuels.

      If all the countries would be able to unite and do all these things together,I bet that climate change will be reduced

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