Climate crisis is imminent

Posted : 2021-09-08 14:26 Updated : 2021-09-08 16:58
In this Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021 file photo, the Caldor Fire burns in Eldorado National Forest, Calif. Last week, managers overseeing the fight against the massive wildfire scorching California's Lake Tahoe region thought they could have it contained by the start of this week. Instead, on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, the Caldor Fire crested the Sierra Nevada, forcing the unprecedented evacuation of all 22,000 residents of South Lake Tahoe. AP

In this Aug. 25, 2021, file photo a firefighter tries to extinguish the flames at a burning house as the South Fire burns in Lytle creek, San Bernardino County north of Rialto, Calif. In a season of daunting wildfires and flooding, the Biden administration is taking an initial step to assess how climate change could harm financial markets, planning to launch a 75-day comment period Tuesday, Aug. 31, on how the impacts could reshape the insurance sector. AP

Chairs sit on the empty beach as smoke from the Caldor Fire fills the air in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. A huge firefighting force gathered Tuesday to defend Lake Tahoe from the raging wildfire that forced the evacuation of California communities on the south end of the alpine resort and put others across the state line in Nevada on notice to be ready to flee. AP

A tree is covered in fire retardant as fire crews continue to battle the Caldor Fire in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. Fire crews took advantage of decreasing winds to battle a California wildfire near popular Lake Tahoe and were even able to allow some people back to their homes but dry weather and a weekend warming trend meant the battle was far from over. AP

In this July 25, 2018 file photo, Hannah Whyatt poses for a friend's photo as smoke from the Ferguson Fire fills Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Wildfires burning in the U.S. this summer have upended plans for countless outdoor adventures. Campers, hikers, rafters and other outdoor enthusiasts have had to scrap or change plans or endure awful smoke. AP

A marooned boat sits along a dry portion of the Lake Oroville lakebed in Oroville, California on September 5, 2021. - Lake Oroville is currently at 23% of its capacity and is suffering from extreme levels of drought. Much of California in the western US is currently gripped by excessive heat, severe drought and a series of massive wildfires. AFP

Houseboats sit in a narrow section of water in a depleted Lake Oroville in Oroville, California on September 5, 2021. AF

Smoke from the wildfire that started near Caldor is seen near Lake Tahoe, at Sierra Nevada Mountains, U.S., August 31, 2021. REUTERS

Flames consume multiple homes as the Caldor fire pushes into South Lake Tahoe, California on August 30, 2021. - At least 650 structures have burned and thousands more are threatened as the Caldor fire moves into the resort community of South Lake Tahoe, California. Thousands of people were ordered to evacuate Monday as a huge wildfire loomed over a major US tourist spot, filling the air with choking smoke. The Caldor Fire has already torn through more than 270 square miles (700 square kilometers), razing hundreds of buildings. AFP

Firefighters arrive at the scene as flames from the Caldor fire push into South Lake Tahoe, California on August 30, 2021. AFP

Firefighters carry water hoses while battling the Caldor Fire near South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. A huge firefighting force gathered Tuesday to defend Lake Tahoe from the raging wildfire that forced the evacuation of California communities on the south end of the alpine resort and put others across the state line in Nevada on notice to be ready to flee. AP

In this Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021 file photo, the Caldor Fire burns as a chair lift sits at the Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort in Eldorado National Forest, Calif. The main buildings at the ski slope's base survived as the main fire front passed. Last week, managers overseeing the fight against the massive wildfire scorching California's Lake Tahoe region thought they could have it contained by the start of this week. Instead, on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, the Caldor Fire crested the Sierra Nevada, forcing the unprecedented evacuation of all 22,000 residents of South Lake Tahoe. AP

A man helps a stranded motorist in floodwaters on Beach Blvd. on August 30, 2021 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Tropical Storm Ida made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane yesterday in Louisiana and brought flooding and wind damage along the Gulf Coast. AFP

People wait for transportation after being rescued from a flooded neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida on August 30, 2021 in Laplace, Louisiana. Ida made landfall August 29, as a category 4 storm southwest of New Orleans. AFP

Homes near Norco, La., are surrounded by floodwater as chemical refineries continue to flare the day after Hurricane Ida hit southern Louisiana, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. AP

People react as a sudden rain shower soaks them with water while riding out of a flooded neighborhood in a volunteer high water truck assisting people evacuating from homes after neighborhoods flooded in LaPlace, Louisiana on August 30, 2021 in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. AFP

A statue of the Virgin Mary sits in a flooded yard from Hurricane Ida in Barataria, Louisiana, USA, 31 August 2021. EPA

A flooded home from Hurricane Ida in Barataria, Louisiana, USA, 31 August 2021. Hurricane Ida made landfall as a Category 4 storm bring damaging winds and rain to southern Louisiana, knocking out power to the whole area and flooding neighborhoods. EPA

Water is pumped from the basement of a business on Noblestown road in Oakdale, Pa., during clean up from flooding after downpours and high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, hit the area Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. AP

A man navigates a street flooded by heavy rain as remnants of Hurricane Ida hit the area in the Queens borough of New York, New York, USA, 01 September 2021. EPA

Left, twins Rasmus and Peter Meyer Rader, 5, and their friend, Linus Bonet Demming, 4, climb a fence surrounding a flooded park after the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida brought drenching rain and the threat of flash floods and tornadoes to parts of the northern mid-Atlantic, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., September 2, 2021. REUTERS

Melissa Weekes searches her flooded apartment for salvageable items, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, in Mamaroneck, N.Y. More than three days after the hurricane blew ashore in Louisiana, Ida's rainy remains hit the Northeast with stunning fury on Wednesday and Thursday, submerging cars, swamping subway stations and basement apartments and drowning scores of people in five states. AP

Elsa Alonzo cleans the kitchen at Alberto's Cocina-Deli, the restaurant her family owns in Mamaroneck, N.Y, after flash floods from the remnants of Hurricane Ida inundated the community, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. AP