It has been five years since University of Alaska Fairbanks Professor Katey Walter Anthony took us to a frozen lake in Alaska. Yet, in light of study suggesting a similar phenomenon 1/3 of a mile beneath the oceans surface, her research is highly pertinent. Methane is bubbling up through the waters.
In what some are calling a people’s victory and others a case of diminutive financial prospects, Shell is pulling out of the Arctic. They drilled to a total depth of 6800 feet this summer, but did not find sufficient oil and gas to warrant continuing. Shell ceased operations in the Arctic and “will continue to de-mobilize people and equipment from the Chukchi Sea.”
The first seven months of this year were the warmest on record, and last month was the hottest known July. California’s drought has become a West Coast phenomenon, spreading as far north as Alaska. Wildfires are being reported in areas like Washington’s Olympic National Park, where there have been not been fires in living memory. “Rainy” British Columbia’s abnormally dry conditions are expected to continue through this fall and into winter. Trees are stressed and fish populations are failing. Is this Climate Change?
The ECOreport looks at the drought and wildfires, now stretching from California to Alaska, and asks: the fires – Is this Climate Change?
By Roy L Hales
Across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Victoria, a brownish haze clings to the Olympic Peninsula’s shore. There are reports of ash raining from the sky in Vancouver, Salt Spring Island and Nanaimo. The sun was a reddish-brown color in Qualicum Beach. There are severe wildfires along the West Coast, from Alaska to California. There may be more than drought behind the fires: Is this Climate Change?