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Chile’s Climate Problem: Deserts Are Flooding, Wetlands Are Burning

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Chile's Climate Problem: Deserts Are Flooding, Wetlands Are Burning

Climate change is indeed happening. The world’s driest desert is flooding, and some of the planet’s wettest woodlands are on fire.

For the first time in centuries, rains from the Andes mountains have led to torrential water pouring into the Atacama desert, the world’s driest desert, sweeping houses and structures built on it.

At the same time, the south has seen its wetlands blazing in forest fire after unprecedented temperatures leading the government to declare some regions in states of calamity.

Atacama desert, known as the world’s driest desert was flooded. Image from Creative Commons

President Sebastian Piñera declared a “zone of emergency” in northern Chile on Friday after heavy rains flooded El Loa province right below the Andes mountains.

According to the National Emergency Office, the flood has killed six people and has destroyed nearly 100 homes. They also have raised alert warnings for heavy rain in Arica, Parinacota, and Tarapaca.

Chile’s capital, Santiago, has been battling record-breaking heat and has not received its average annual rainfall in the past decade.

“Chile needs to be thinking about how to adapt to climate change, as it has such an isolated climate that makes it more vulnerable to droughts,” said Park Williams, a hydroclimatologist at Columbia University in New York.

“For the last several decades, temperatures have risen, and precipitation has declined in central Chile, making it more susceptible to wildfires.”

In the south, around 600 forest fires have been recorded through the entire stretch of its 9,500 ha of land.

After visiting the fire damage in the South, President Pinera traveled to the north to see the flooded Strong to moderate thunderstorms are expected to continue through Sunday, according to Chile’s weather service Meteochile. /apr

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Climate Change Is In The US Now – Scientists Said On Severe Condition

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The US is now facing a big problem with climate change. If not prevented, it will cost hundreds of billions of dollars, or worse, more than 10% of its GDP by the end of the century to the country. Not to mention the damage it will have in the economy, health, and quality of life.

This devastating news was supposed to come out by December, but it seems like Trump administration cannot wait any longer as it needs to be taken action before it is too late. According to the 4th National Climate Assessment, the future risks from climate change depends on the decision that will have today. Skipping another day on spreading this kind of alarming news will just make it worse.

The director of the Technical Support Unit at the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, David Easterling also gave an opinion about the status of the climate change. He says that there is no external interference in the report’s development. What the Earth is experiencing right now is unlike any other.

“THE GLOBAL AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IS MUCH HIGHER AND IS RISING MORE RAPIDLY THAN ANYTHING MODERN CIVILIZATION HAS EXPERIENCED, AND THIS WARMING TREND CAN ONLY BE EXPLAINED BY HUMAN ACTIVITIES,” EASTERLING SAID.

US President Donald Trump tweeted, “Whatever happened to global warming?”. He posted the tweet after Washington experienced a blast of icy weather this week. His question though was answered by his group of scientists. They say, without mentioning any particular person that the climate change is already in the US..now. It is already in a severe situation, deadly, and if we do not do anything about it, the case will be fatal.

This vital matter is now calling the attention of the government after numbers of disasters happened in different countries. Affected dams in South Carolina; failing crops in the withered Great Plains; a rise in insect-borne disease in Florida. At the same time, this news is to assert the White House to prioritize economic growth over environmental regulation.

Aside from the government’s move against climate change, it is also time for us to make an action to prevent or at least delay it. People should take part in creating a significant difference to avoid this kind of scenario. Because at the end of the day, we will also be the one who will benefit from the significant change.

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President Trump Visits California Affected By Wildfire

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After criticizing and blaming officials about the wildfire tragedy happened in California, US President Donald Trump visited the burnt place in Saturday and saw it in his own eyes how traumatic the site is to the residents of that place.

During his visit, he was welcomed by Governor Jerry Brown and his successor Gavin Newsom. Both are Democrats who had a dispute about the wildfire incident with the US President.

The said wildfire is considered to be the most destructive and deadliest wildfire in the state’s history.

As of the moment, there are at least 71 people that are killed by a wildfire in Northern California. Aside from that overwhelming number of dead people, there are also 1,000 people who are reported missing, but officers said that there is still possible numbers shift.

Northern California Camp Fire and southern California Woosley Fire have damaged more than 240,000 acres.

During one of President Trump’s stops, he told reporters that no one is expecting that that kind of wildfire will happen. Because of his reaction on what he saw personally, his opinion about the cause of the wildfire remains unchanged. President Trump is still firmed that poor forest management is to be blamed.

“WE DO HAVE TO DO MANAGEMENT MAINTENANCE, AND WE’LL BE WORKING ALSO WITH ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS. I THINK EVERYONE’S SEEN THE LIGHT,” HE SAID.

There are so many lives that are affected, livelihood is lost, shelters are damage, animals are also very much affected, and acres of land are destroyed. Aside from all of those damages, it is also concerned with the health of the survivors. A lot of people have become sick after the outbreaks of the norovirus in their shelters. Aside from that, because of the blaze, the air of Northern California has been polluted.

On the other hand, the weather forecast had announced that there would be a rainfall happening next week in California. It will help put out the flames, but it can also cause flooding and mudslides in some areas.

In President Trump’s visit in Paradise, he praised the politicians, local law government, and other teams who were during search and rescue operation.

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Jordan Flash Flood Caused 11 Death And Tourist Evacuate

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Just two weeks after the incident of a flash flood in Dead sea Area that killed 21 people, mostly children, a flash flood was followed in Jordan that has killed 11 people and has made a forced evacuation of almost 4,000 tourists from the ancient city of Petra. Petra is considered to be one of the favorite tourist spots in Jordan.

According to the civil defense officials and government spokeswoman Jumana Ghuneimat, death toll rises early Saturday when another body was found in the south region of Madaba.

The search for missing people is still ongoing. Rescue teams and even helicopters are roaming around to search for five people whose car was washed away by the flood in Madaba, south-west of the capital, Amman. Rainstorm also caused a state of emergency in the port city of Aqaba. Because of the incident, the main road that connects the capital to the south was also cut off.

The tourists that were in Petra during the flash flood happened went for higher ground on Friday as the water rose high through a narrow canyon leading to the Treasury, Petra’s main attraction. Reports say that the flood even reached as high as 4m (13ft). With this, tourists were brought to a safe area.

Heavy rainfall is still ongoing and is expected to have another landfall. Residents in affected areas are advised to have an early evacuation in their homes. To accommodate the people that are affected by the flood, the government announced that mosques are open for temporary shelter. Universities and schools are also closed according to the government on Saturday.

Because of the tragic accident happened last month that led 18 children killed due to the flash flood that swept them away while they had their school trip in the Dead Sea Region, a public outcry and after a parliamentary committee found negligence in the incident, a forced resignation from the education and tourism minister was made.

We hope and pray that there will be no more dead bodies, missing people will be found alive and safe from this tragedy.

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