Wildland-Urban Interface Maps
“Why are maps of the wildland-urban interface so important?”
The wildland-urban interface defines the nexus between human civilization and the vast swaths of forests on the Earth. And since it has such a paramount effect on resilience and development, Wildland-Urban Interface Maps need to be developed to keep track of everything. With time, these maps will need to be updated to reflect the development of climate change.
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Why Having Consistent Power Is Critical for Maintaining Livable Interior Air Quality in Buildings During Wildfires
“Why is it important for a building to have consistent power to ensure breathability during wildfires?”
Air filtration devices are critical for providing breathable interior air quality during wildfires. However, these devices tend to be dependent on a consistent supply of electricity. If this is pulled, such as in the case of public power shutoffs, then these devices will also collapse, destroying their resiliency benefits. This is Why Having Consistent Power Is Critical for Maintaining Livable Interior Air Quality in Buildings During Wildfires.
Why Wildfires Drive Carbon Emissions Through the Roofs
“Why are wildfires particularly terrible for climate change?”
Wildfires are infamous for their disaster potential. However, one of their most lethal side-effects are their ability to drive carbon emissions through the roof. By burning down trees, large amounts of carbon are released into the atmosphere. This can be seen in California where the emissions sent out by the campfire roughly equal the total power-sector emissions for the same year and in Australia where the ongoing bushfires may have doubled the state’s climate emissions. This is Why Wildfires Drive Carbon Emissions Through the Roofs.
How the Wildfire Crisis and the Water Crisis Are Interdependent
“Why is it that the ongoing wildfire and water crises are deeply interrelated?”
Although the climate-induced wildfire and water crises appear to be quite divergent, they’re actually are both overlapping issues. An oversupply of rain in one season and undersupply in another cannot only cause flooding and drought respectively but also make an area much riper for wildfires. Furthermore, when wildfires occur a gargantuan amount of water resources need to be used to take it out and the particulate matter released can pollute local water sites. This is How the Wildfire Crisis and the Water Crisis Are Interdependent.
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How Ecosystems Will Be Permanently Damage From the Australian Bushfires
“Why is it that the bushfire might permanently damage Australia’s ecosystems? ”
Australia is going through catastrophic damages from the bushfires right now. And one of the most pressing issues will be its ecosystem damage. Just like how a burnt-down town may never recover, a torched landscape will have its residents move out and may no longer be suitable to live in. This is How Ecosystems Will Be Permanently Damage From the Australian Bushfires.
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How Rainfall Is Bringing Both Relief and New Problems to Australia
“How is rainfall both a remedy and a hindrance to Australia’s current resilience problems?”
Drought and bushfire stricken Australia is breathing a sigh of relief as extreme rainfall is hitting down on the eastern part of the country. But like many things in human infrastructure, the solution to one problem often causes another one to occur. In particular, the torrential rain create the potential for Mass floods as the soil is less able to hold water do to the longevity of recent droughts. If you’re in Australia, don’t be surprised if you were seeing warnings on the television change from bushfires to flash floods. This is How Rainfall Is Bringing Both Relief and New Problems to Australia.
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Black Saturday Bushfires, Australia
“What bushfires changed Australia’s fire-resistance paradigm forever?”
On 7 February 2009, an event transpires that would leave shock Australia to its foundation. Early that morning, the state of Victoria had been experiencing extremely high winds in excess of 100 km/h (62 mph), bringing a torrent of dry air from Central Australia. Concurrently, a near record-breaking heatwave had engulfed the state, making conditions perfectly ripe for a disaster. These winds brought down powerlines around the Kinglake/Whittlesea area, birthing a fire. This fire steadily but surely increased in size, and the ember from them spread during the night-time winds, creating more fires. The next day, many of these fires began to merge, uplifting them to a whole new level of carnage. In the ensuing weeks 173 people lost their lives 414 were injured and 7,562 displaced, 450,000 ha (1,100,000 acres) of land burnt, and over a million animals were lost. These events would go on to be named the Black Saturday Bushfires and were the most deadly recorded in Australia up to then. It soon resulted in a range of new policy guidelines and codes to be implemented.
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