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Extreme Weather

In the Northern Hemisphere in 2017 and 2018 brought several destructive hurricanes to the shores of North America, the Caribbean, and throughout the Pacific rim. Such extreme weather events are predicted to get more common and more severe with increasing climate change.

Several participating classes in the ISCFC were or are in the path of these storms and we hope for the best for them, their families and communities.

We would love to hear from students affected directly and indirectly by extreme weather events, and also any students who have been following the news this summer.

What are your thoughts about the connection between climate change and extreme weather events? Has this hurricane season increased your concern about climate change or not? Do you think that US citizens and residents (and others in the region) will take climate change more seriously now?

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Extreme Weather

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wemakeyourcalls   2021-09-10 21:30:20
A hospital flooded, 17 deaths and 10,000 evacuated: Tula, a city under

It had been 40 years since such a tragic situation had been experienced due to rainfall


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romansch   2021-09-04 03:26:36 (Last post: 2021-09-08 10:37:33)
Floods New York City

We are seeing a lot disasters around the world. Here in Spain, forests are burning. The topic I want to discuss is the fact that there are floods even in New York (an many others around the world ie. Filipinas, Spain, Japan...).

Your thoughts on this?

I share a vídeo with you about this. I think it's climate change acting:

- Roman

poptima   2021-09-08 10:37:33

Climate change (cambio climático en español) is the main culprit in the doubling of natural disasters around the world over the past two decades, according to a report by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction , or UNSDIR, released on Monday.
Since 2000, 7,348 natural disasters have been recorded in the world, causing 1.23 million deaths and affecting 4.2 billion people. Asia is particularly affected: China (577) is the country which recorded the highest number of disasters between 2000 and 2019, ahead of the United States (467) then India (321), the Philippines (304 ) and Indonesia (278). Eight of the top ten countries with the highest number of disasters are Asian.
Droughts, floods, storms, fires, extreme temperatures
The years 2004, 2008 and 2010 were the most devastating, with more than 200,000 deaths in each of these years. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was the deadliest, killing more than 220,000. And the report shows that the progression of these disasters is mainly linked to the increase in climatic disasters. Over the period, the number of major floods more than doubled and episodes of drought, fires and extreme temperatures also wreaked havoc. While floods and storms were the most frequent disasters over the past two decades, the UN estimates that the worst problem will be heat waves .
"Heat waves have increased 232% since 1999. This is huge , says Debarati Guha-Sapir, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Leuven in Belgium, who co-wrote the report. And the floods in the world, especially in France at present, have increased by 134%, so they have more than doubled " . According to her, "if this acceleration of extreme weather phenomena continues for the next twenty years, the future of humanity certainly looks very bleak . "
Urbanization or deforestation also involved
"More and more people are feeling the effects of this developing climate emergency , " said the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, at the meeting. of the presentation of the report. She called on governments to invest in early warning systems and put in place risk reduction strategies.
Global warming is the main culprit in the doubling of natural disasters, the report concludes, but other factors are involved: poorly thought out urbanization, deforestation or construction in risk areas.

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alexstrozier   2021-05-12 16:05:31
Climate Crisis

We are currently in a climate crisis with one in four countries not having the resources to protect themselves from emergencies such as typhoons, fires, drought, and other extreme weather events.(https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/12/one-in-four-cities-cannot-afford-climate-crisis-protection-measures-study). Funds to create these climate protection plans would cost money that certain countries just do not have.

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demoBOD   2021-05-04 00:19:09
Extreme Weather

Recently the snowstorms in Texas have made me wonder if the climate was able to change this much in Texas, could the bay-area also have this extreme weather? Extreme weather events like heat waves or storms can be a indicator for more intense human-induced climate change. This is important because extreme weather can be disruptive and sometimes deadly for human life. For example, heavy precipitation has begun to increase in the United States in the form of intense single-day events. From 1910 to 1980 the number of intense single-day events have been steady, but has risen by a lot since then with 9 of the top 10 years for these intense single-day events having occurred since 1990. Climate change affects the number of heavy precipitation events by warmer oceans increasing the amount of its water that is evaporated in the air. This air mixed with evaporated water moves over land or merges with a storm system that allows it to cause heavy precipitation such as large storms or snow storms. The impacts of heavy precipitation like storms can include damaged property, population displacement, disruption of essential services such as transportation, or loss of life by drowning. There are several other types of extreme weather that are connected or can be an indicator of climate change.

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lehaBOD   2021-05-03 23:00:09
Extreme Weather in California- Wildfires

Living in California, I was thinking about the upcoming fire season. I was curious how much wildfires contribute to climate change.  From an article about wildfire's contributions to climate change on www.3.arb.ca.gov, I found out a lot of interesting facts. Wildfires contribute to higher amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, specifically carbon dioxide. However, it is hard to determine how much more greenhouse gases are in the atmosphere due to wildfires because they are part of the terrestrial carbon cycle. Despite the extreme loss and damage that can come from wildfires, it should not be the goal to eliminate them because they help with maintaining healthy forests, supporting several ecosystem functions, stimulating tree growth, and many others. California's Air Resources Board (CARB) work with other agencies to track greenhouse gas emissions from wildfires and work on developing an ecosystem carbon inventory for natural working lands. Looking over data collected from the inventory, they can see carbon-loss trends over the years, specifically the loss caused by wildfires. CARB has previously focused on limiting fossil fuel emissions but now is more focused on achieving carbon neutrality (balancing all sources of green house gas emissions). Their 'scoping plan' will focus on what forests need to be more healthy and what will promote carbon neutrality. More information about CARB and wildfires contributing to climate change can be found here: https://ww3.arb.ca.gov/cc/inventory/pub … ns_faq.pdf

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ROBOD   2021-05-02 22:54:07
extreme weather

I think that the extreme weather events that we have seen recently show that global warming is a real thing and that It can cause more extreme weather. for example, the snowstorms in taxes were crazy. from the things that I saw on the news it looked like there were just crazy amounts of snow, people even lost power in their houses. I have never seen it snow in the bay area but I wonder if with this extreme weather it might be possible.

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taya henry   2021-02-19 12:25:07 (Last post: 2021-05-02 13:32:36)
extreme weather

It's snowing in Texas right now, roofs are caving in, and there are blackouts. I think this is a sign that climate change is real and happening, affecting us in all types of ways. Will this happen in the Bay Area next?

Jeremy C (Canada)   2021-02-19 18:34:09

I totally agree. I find it astounding that some where that usually know for its heat and sunlight is being hit by more snow then I have all year in Canada. I live in BC so it hasn't usually been that cold but we used to at least get a couple days of snow on the ground here. This year I think I've seen a total of two days with snow on the ground and one of them was mostly slush. In the last couple days I've even already seen buds starting to pop up like its becoming spring.

Amelia Johnson   2021-03-09 08:13:52

These are really good examples of how climate change is having a major impact on places all over the world. It also shows how different it can be. For example, places that are usually cold are becoming warmer, and places that are usually hot are becoming much colder.

Imre1234   2021-04-28 18:18:43

I agree climate change is really impacting the weather right now and its only going to get worse if we dont try to stop it. Last year in california the temperature got up to 121 degrees F (49c).

lufeBOD   2021-04-29 10:05:52

I definitely think that this is true. What happened in Texas is a great example of extreme weather. Climate change has drastically impacted weather in many different parts of the world. I live in California and the extremely warm and dry weather has caused many fires over the last couple years. It has just gotten worse too. In the fall of 2020 the smoke from the fires blocked out the sun in the Bay Area even though the fires were many miles away. The sky turned orange and red because of the smoke blocking out the sun. This is also happening in other parts of the world. For example, the Union of Concerned Scientists predicted that hurricane are likely to be more intense due to climate change.

Norine   2021-05-02 13:32:36

I agree. Although some ecosystems do need fire to stay healthy and regenerate, many of the biggest fires are not prescribed or controlled burns, and because of this and also due to climate change, wildfires are becoming a much bigger problem. Smoke is often carried very far from where the fire originally was, which decreases air quality and can be dangerous for both those with respiratory conditions and completely healthy people.
Here are some articles I found interesting:
https://smokeybear.com/en/about-wildlan … ibed-fires
https://www.scientificamerican.com/arti … with-fire/
https://www.sacbee.com/news/california/ … 45695.html
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/arc … ng/616889/
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/202 … ealth.html

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ADDE   2021-04-29 10:28:44
Extreme Weather

In February of this year, Texas experienced and endured severely cold conditions. This weather, named a "polar vortex" or a cold snap, almost took 200 people's lives in a span of 2 weeks. Although it seemed to shock a lot of the media and people have tried to use this as an argument towards the climate changing, Texas has a history of recorded cold snaps all the way back to 1895. So, my question is: Are the cold snaps an effect of climate change or is it an unusual occurrence of weather in Texas?

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elgrBOD   2021-04-29 10:18:43
Examples of Extreme Weather

Although many people know climate change can cause extreme weather, not everyone is aware of how exactly climate change increases the likelihood of certain events. Examples of activity that could be boosted by climate change include hurricanes, droughts, and wildfires. and many more. According to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, warmer sea surfaces can increase hurricane wind speeds and add to the amount of precipitation in the storm. Sea level rise also causes more damage from flooding along the coast. In terms of droughts, C2ES explains that warmer temperature causes more evaporation from soil, overly dry soil and plants negate the effects of rainfall, and alterations to the climate can damage atmospheric rivers, which carry moisture to the atmosphere. Lastly, for wildfires, C2ES describes how the changed climate creates warmer and drier conditions that help fire, increase the length of the fire, and kill more plants to create kindling. This new knowledge will hopefully enhance your understanding of the factors climate change affects and how they increase the likelihood of natural disasters.

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IsaacJust   2021-02-17 09:17:22 (Last post: 2021-04-28 17:36:33)
Extreme Weather

I believe that climate change and global warming are both real, and it should also be realized that it is real. People should realize that our climate, that's changing, should be helped out because it needs to stay "healthy."

gus.g3   2021-02-19 22:59:37

I fully agree, and and one of the main things that global warming does is create major weather events, such as tsunami's, floods, and hurricanes, because of all of the new warmth and moistness in the atmosphere and over the ocean. These extreme weather events cause much destruction to property, the land itself, as well as buildings, and they are also very deadly to humans as well.

Emmet Marshall   2021-03-09 07:56:51

Also, because these weather events are now so common in most of the world, it need to be recognized that time and money needs to be spent on both ways to combat climate change, as well as combating the direct and devastating impacts that climate change is having on communities all over the world

davod   2021-03-10 01:41:01

I agree. People must realize that it's real since if we don't do anything we will end up killing the planet. Here in my country, we had floods that ruined a lot of people's houses, destroyed a lot of buildings and killed people.

Imre1234   2021-04-28 17:36:33

I completely agree, everyone needs to realize that climate change is one of if not the biggest problems facing the world today. People need to unify and help put an end to this. Califorina alone had around 52,000 wild fires in the past year.

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Yovanovich   2021-04-20 13:24:14 (Last post: 2021-04-28 16:35:19)
Natural disasters

Many natural caused disasters are more common in the recent years because of rise of temperature in the world and in our oceans. Co2 affects our entire world especially the weather because the weather depends on what the world is like and what we put in the air. Lowering our carbon footprint may help prevent these natural disasters and they may become less and less common and save many lives.

Logan64   2021-04-20 15:26:04

I agree, many extreme weather events are caused by global warming, which is caused by Co2 emissions like you said. This is a big issue that we need to make people aware of and help them lower their carbon footprint.

Aranji.   2021-04-27 09:12:52

Yes, climate change has also caused the water to rise,and hurricanes only really occur when the water is warm, so when it gets hotter, it might occur more often. And Co2 emissions cause global warming, so that can lead to even more disasters.

farkray   2021-04-28 16:35:19

Natural disasters but may I say not natural disasters because natural is referring not by the intervention of the human being. This change in climate and the ecosystems, of course, is the effect of the irresponsibility of natural resource use.

Now more than ever, and we don't have time. We need to be conscious about the damage that we are doing to hearth and start to think about technologies that help and co-exist with nature.

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Bottaccio   2021-04-25 23:20:19
Extreme weather

I think hailstorm is very dangerous for everything in particular for the plantations.

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