SF drone footage during the #BayAreaFires on 9/9/20, set to Blade Runner 2049 music.
Original edit by: https://twitter.com/terrythethunder/status/1303880459449896960
All credit goes to Hans Zimmer, Benjamin Wallfisch, Vangelis, and all other musicians involved in creating the soundtrack.
Fire also imposes one more stress on Chernobyl’s ecosystems, a decidedly human wrench thrown into their long recovery from nuclear disaster. Induced by climate change and sparked by human activity, fire here is only slightly more natural than radiation. Persistent and widespread fire may destroy soil organics and radically redistribute the accumulated radionuclides, Yoschenko said, altering soil chemistry. Changes in soil chemistry will alter plants, which in turn will affect the food chain and animals dependent on it. And larger, more intense fires could destroy the forests entirely, obliterating their ability to keep what’s in Chernobyl in Chernobyl. “Keeping forests healthy is the main ingredient to preventing the migration of radionuclides outside the zone,” Zibtsev told me.
For now, Chernobyl’s forests and grasslands are continuing to process cesium, strontium, and other radionuclides. Even the roots of the contorted trees in the Red Forest are taking up radionuclides, holding and stabilizing them in an ecosystem’s gift to the humans who created these contaminants. That process promises to continue—at least until the August fire season gets underway.
Transformation is recognising the facts: Australia is a climate vandal, led by wreckers. We are ranked the worst of 57 countries on climate policy.
Australia is the largest exporter of coal to the world, a global top 10 deforester and a world leader in mammal extinction.
Our carbon-loving prime minister, supported by the Murdoch media and fossil fuel industry, came into parliament carrying a lump of coal.
These fires without precedent have the potential to profoundly shift the national consciousness. This summer could shake us awake – if we let it.
But if we don’t do it now, while things are raw and real, we never will.
The fires have now burnt out more than 6.3 million hectares, killed at least 25 people and over half a billion animals, and destroyed over 2500 buildings. They are the worst bushfires in our history, and it’s not even halfway through summer. Regardless of what happens next, the Morrison government will be tarred by its inaction and ineptitude over the past four months.
We’ll never know how many of these losses might have been avoided if action had been taken sooner, with proper resources allocated and proper planning carried out.
On December 29, Morrison finally announced some financial respite for some firefighters, promising up to $6000 in payments to volunteers, but only (at that stage) to those in NSW and, oddly, restricted to those who were self-employed or worked for small or medium-sized businesses.
It all spoke of an underlying view that volunteer firefighters and state government agencies and private donations should carry the load. Morrison seemed to treat his role as merely ceremonial, like a national counsellor or cheerleader. The important thing was to preserve the impression that it was all under control.
All this is entirely in keeping with modern right-wing “conservative” thinking: small government, fewer services, individual responsibility.
🔥 HAZARD REDUCTION OR BACKBURN? 🔥
K so we’re not going to wade in to politics, it isn’t our job. So maybe leave that out of this.
What it is though, is to establish some facts about hazard reduction.
So in over ten years of upgrading bushfire infrastructure I have never been stopped from implementing life safety.
These people telling you about the all-powerful greenies are generally two things:
– climate denying bullshit artists
– after something else (land clearing etc) pic.twitter.com/FfwV3al8ex
— Cormac Farrell (@jagungal1) January 3, 2020
The New Year’s Test at the SCG usually has some meaning to it, but with the series dead in the water and fires engulfing Australia’s south-east, few days of Test cricket have mattered less, writes Geoff Lemon.
The “front” between the calm air outside the fire zone and the storm cloud is so sharp that it can generate lightning — and that can start new fires.
We noticed Kylie’s tourism ad missed a few important details about Australia, so we decided to make an updated version.
Communities on Australia’s east coast are bracing for another day of serious bushfire threats.
The crew from Fire and Rescue NSW Station 509 Wyoming recorded this video showing the moment their truck was overrun by the bushfire burning South of Nowra. The crew was forced to shelter in their truck as the fire front passed through. #NSWFires #ProtectTheIrreplaceable pic.twitter.com/Hb0yVrefi9
— Fire and Rescue NSW (@FRNSW) December 31, 2019