This year has been one that is putting environmental issues into the spotlight. In a speech in November, John Kerry talked about how there will be considerable consequences in the social and political spheres that stem from crops failing, water shortages and the outbreaks caused by a failing environment.
There have been many important issues this year. From GMOS, droughts and water problems. In the United States, espicially the west there has been a major drought problem. It has continued to affect agriculture, wildlife and water supplies. This is the fourth year in a row that there has been a significant problem of dorught. In Oregon they had the worst snow fall in many years. It began to melt earlier than before and this gave a lot of strain on the water supply as well. Wildfire season this year began almost a month earlier
This cost firefighters because they had to fight the fires earlier and they had to ban campfires in state parks. Fish began dying because of low streams caused by high temperatures which led to a lower fishing quota for fisherman. In many states along the west, residents were told to put down their water usage to help conserve. 2015 has turned out to be the warmest year on record in all 48 states of the US as they had some of the hottest Fall season on record.
At the Paris climate summit a number of nations, 196 of them agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions even further because of the contribution to floods, droughts and the rising sea levels. In 2015 alone as well there was some 77 disasters declared and they sure tested many Americans throughout the country.
In Washington they had battled one of the largest wildfire seasons they’ve ever encountered.As fires burned throughout 1 million acres of land throughout the state. The US Army helped deploy men to fight the fires. More than 170 homes were destroyed by September 1st as the states contend with their driest seasons in years.
California was hit hard as well. There is an estimated 6,000 fires that had begun in California by the end of November. It has burned over 300 thousand acres and states of emergencies were declared throughout the state. Several people died and two firefighters as well.
Speaking of California, it has been hit hardest by the drought. There may not be any hard hitting damage like a wildfire does but that doesn’t mean the drought is any less menacing. California is in its fourth year of a drought and in some parts of California’s Central valley, farmers are in desperate measures to procure water for themselves to continue growing their plots. The lack of water is followed by a lack of snow. Throughout the country new records are being hit for lack of snow and water. 2015 is shaping up to be a year that people are getting worried about the climate because they’re seeing the results again in front of them and the potential problems that could arise.