Summer snowstorms. Disastrous flooding. Devastating wind and ice storms. Rampaging wildfires. Ruinous drought. Our weather has taken a turn for the extreme. And it’s going to get worse. As intense and unpredictable weather becomes the new normal, how can we adapt and survive? #DocZone
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It’s not your imagination. The weather has changed, is changing, and will continue to change. More torrential rain, more intense heat, more ice storms, more drought. It’s the new normal, and we all need to immediately start adapting if we want to protect our homes and families from the destructive effects of the wild weather that is now a part of our lives.
WEATHER GONE WILD explores recent extreme weather events and the scientific projections of what we can expect over the next few decades: wild weather is going to become more common, and even wilder and more destructive. What we can we do to protect ourselves, our families, and the towns and cities where we live?
By the year 2050, just 35 years from now, Canada can expect:
• Double the number of extremely heavy precipitation events – with periods of drought in between.
• 5 times as many hot days over 30 degrees.
• 100% increase in wildfires.
• 50% less snowfall across the prairies.
• More hail and 50% more ice storms.
• More intense hurricanes.
As a result, the new global buzzword is “adaptation”, as cities and citizens scramble to protect themselves. What can we do to give ourselves the best chance of dodging this coming bullet? WEATHER GONE WILD travels to Calgary, Toronto, New York, Miami and Rotterdam to detail the dangers of the destructive new weather patterns, and show the innovative plans in each city to protect people and property from the weather’s devastating effects.
In Canada, everything from farming, to the insurance industry, to building codes will have to change if we’re going to weather the coming storms. Most Canadian cities are particularly vulnerable because their aging sewer, drain, and electrical systems need to be massively upgraded to ensure a safe future.
As Blair Feltmate, University of Waterloo professor and Chair of Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Project says, “It’s mission-critical for the country. We have to weather-harden the system. Climate change will continue to happen. We need to figure out, what are we going to do about it?”
WEATHER GONE WILD answers that question with some practical steps Canadians can take to prepare themselves for destructive weather. Even conservative estimates show that for every dollar spent now on weather adaptation, six will be saved when damaging storms do strike.
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I just asked myself how ‘earth after humans’ would be like? What will happen? I found these 2 clips of around 10 minutes each. It’s worth your time.
Koko, the gorilla was probably one of the smartest animals. She died a couple of months ago, but her legacy will live on. This message is the last before her death.
You can check out videos where she teaches some words in sign language, signs, celebrates birthdays, draws and adopt kittens. The link is below:
I think it’s amazing to see how animals react to existence. We got a lot to learn from them.
‘Vertical forest’ towers are coming to China
China is taking green living to new heights, with the construction of two ‘vertical forest’ towers.
They will be built in Nanjing and contain hundreds of trees, plants and shrubs along the facades that will help tackle increasing carbon dioxide levels.
Six hundred tall trees, 500 medium-sized trees and 2,500 cascading plants and shrubs will cover a 65,000-square-foot area on the buildings, called Nanjing Green Towers.
It’s expected that the greenery will provide 25 tons of CO2 absorption each year and will produce about 60kg of oxygen per day.
The taller tower, 600 feet high, crowned on the top by a green lantern, will host offices – from the 8th floor to the 35th – and it will include a museum, a green architecture school and a private club on the rooftop
The Nanjing towers, due to be completed in 2018, will be the first vertical forests in Asia
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I do not own this picture. Photo from science Twitter account CosmosUp .