🔥 At the tail end of summer @NASA reported their #ECOSTRESS thermal radiometer system — designed to measure plant health from space and other heat-related phenomena — picked up on the Amazon fires, the scope of which extended beyond what its sensors were meant to detect. According to NASA, as the world is increasingly warmed, so too is the added potential for it to burn.
In California, where frequent fires are expected yearly, hundreds of thousands of homes will go without power for long stretches of time as wildfires rage across the land, eating up precious natural resources and destroying homes. 15 of the 20 largest fires in California have happened since 2000. As climate change continues to increase, our very infrastructure becomes yet another target, questioning the role modern power companies will play in the coming years. Several wildfires start with a spark from downed or malfunctioning powerlines. This is something we have to change. Much of our power grids predate climate change, solar panels, wind energy and other renewable forms of generating electricity, and we depend way too much on an outdated system of power lines strung over thousands of miles across the country, nailed to wooden poles that are themselves every bit as vulnerable to wildfires as the fields and forests are.
The more our government leaders ignore the #climatecrisis , the more vulnerable we become to protect ourselves against it. The issue is getting hotter by the day, and yes, we mean literally.
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