Humans caused more than 1.2 million of the 1.5 million blazes … 1992 to 2012

From the Smithsonian Magazine

According to a press release, researchers from the University of Colorado, Boulder’s Earth Lab took a deep dive into the U.S. Forest Service’s Fire Program Analysis-Fire Occurrence Database, analyzing all wildfires recorded between 1992 and 2012. The researchers found that humans caused more than 1.2 million of the 1.5 million blazes in the database.

The cost of those human-induced fires is staggering. The researchers estimate that man-made fires have tripled the average fire season over the past 21 years from 46 days to 154 days. It now costs over $2 billion per year to fight the fires, and that figure does not include the impacts to recreational lands or local economic impact that fires can have.

Wild Fire

Climate change is making horses fat as it’s causing an abundance of grass to grow

Oh no  … not abundant grass! The poor horses!

Gillies Moffat, director of a veterinary centre in Hythe, Hampshire, said the wetter and warmer climate has meant the animal's staple food has grown more rapidly than in the past.  

Horses should be moved into bare paddocks, vets have said, because an abundance of grass caused by climate change is making them fat.

Gillies Moffat, director of a veterinary centre in Hythe, Hampshire, said the wetter and warmer climate has meant the animal’s staple food has grown more rapidly than in the past.

The vet warned a “significant” percentage of horses he treats are overweight because of a range of modern “socioeconomic pressures” including climate change.

 

A few interesting links

A  few links I found interesting.

Norway Is a Green Leader. It’s Also Drilling More Oil Wells Than Ever

The UK’s October 2019 sure felt like a chilly one, but now official Met Office temperature data has confirmed it — Central England just experienced a month on par with those of the mid-to-late 1600s.

The last mammoths died on a remote island … Why then did the last woolly mammoths disappear so suddenly? … Another possible factor could have been the spread of humans.

Duh! Humans kill a lot of species … not with CO2 … not with warmth .. just guns and spears and bows etc.

The Great Biomass Boondoggle

Arguably one of the most reckless ideas, though, is already well underway: burning “forest biomass”—that is, trees—in power plants as a replacement for coal. The problem with this so-called green energy source is that instead of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, it increases the amount of COcoming out of the smokestack compared to fossil fuels, and the climate “benefit” is claimed by simply not counting the emissions.  

Biomass-fired electricity plants are on balance more polluting than coal: report

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