It seems so odd and weird that as we face more and more extreme weather events and we are forced to confront the down stream consequences of those extreme weather events, that at no time is ‘climate change’ or ‘global warming’ ever part of the official narrative.
Which is insane because what is driving these extreme weather events is climate change and global warming and it’s only going to get worse…
Officials have confirmed 11 houses have been destroyed after two main fires merged into one large blaze spreading across 2000 hectares.
Dr Tara Strand, the rural fire team research leader at Scion Research, said the behaviour of the fire – which included how fast the fire was moving, the height of the flames, erratic spotting, and flare-ups – was what experts would call “extreme fire”.
“New Zealand has had large fires like this one before,” Dr Strand said.
“However, this fire is unique in that it is so close to a large population. Impact is huge within the affected communities and the wider city.”
Climate change would contribute to heightened fire risk in the future, similar to the size and scale of the Port Hills blaze, she said.
“The combination of climate, vegetation change and people … [means] we are likely to see this type of fire behaviour increase throughout the drier parts of New Zealand.”
…the fire in Christchurch right now is our climate change future staring us in the face without any recognition from the present.