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Friday, November 16, 2018

A fire so devastating that hundreds of people remain unaccounted for. Air so polluted that people without safety masks are trapped inside. A quarantine set up by the National Guard to limit the spread of a dangerous virus. This is not the climactic scene of an apocalyptic horror movie, set far in the future. This is California in 2018.

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The flames and smoke from the Camp fire ripping through Northern California ― a record-breaking catastrophe that has claimed at least 63 lives with more than 600 people still missing ― is the public health crisis that climate change researchers have been warning about.

More than 140 Camp fire evacuees huddled in crowded shelters are showing norovirus symptoms, the Butte County Public Health Department announced Thursday. That number is likely much higher now.

"The number of sick people is increasing every day," a release from the health department stated. "Twenty-five people have been to the hospital for medical support. Staff serving the shelters have also been sick."

A visit to the East Avenue Church shelter in Chico shows just how quickly norovirus, the leading cause of foodborne illness, is spreading in a community that has already suffered through so much unforeseen devastation.

It's not just one event, it's the chain of predictable events springing from that ignition event. Hopefully this will be the final wake-up call to actively address our deteriorating relationship with the planet who makes our lives possible, before we ignorantly force it to eradicate us.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-11-16 06:56 PM | Reply

"The flames and smoke from the Camp fire ripping through Northern California ― a record-breaking catastrophe that has claimed at least 63 lives with more than 600 people still missing ― is the public health crisis that climate change researchers have been warning about."

Apocalypse Now.

The horror... the horror...

#2 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-11-16 07:05 PM | Reply

The rains are coming. They are predicting rain by Wednesday in California.

#3 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-11-16 07:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Thanks Moonbeam and environmentalists! Maybe you should of cleared that brush and logged some trees.

#4 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-11-16 07:16 PM | Reply

"Thanks Moonbeam"

What percentage of the burned area is federal land?

#5 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-11-16 07:35 PM | Reply

"What percentage of the burned area is federal land?"

Most of it.

And most of the area it started in burned a couple years ago.

Better management might not be enough.

We may literally have to take drastic actions to reduce climate change.

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2018-11-16 07:57 PM | Reply

Gov. Brown vetoed 2016 bill aimed at power line, wildfire safety......

The author of the measure -- passed unanimously by both houses of the Legislature -- now says the governor missed out on a chance to tackle one of his state's longstanding vulnerabilities: massive wildfires endangering residential communities.
www.mercurynews.com

While Camp Fire cause hasn't been determined ....

Is PG&E involved?

Some homeowners think so. On Nov. 13, several victims of the Camp Fire filed a lawsuit blaming the energy company for "failing to properly maintain its infrastructure and equipment." Due to this mismanagement, the suit claims, PG&E power lines sparked the blaze in Butte County. The suit does not come out of nowhere; PG&E lines have been fingered as the cause of at least 12 Northern California wildfires in 2018.
www.sfgate.com

California throws lifeline to PG&E over potential Camp Fire liability

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No cause has been determined, but speculation has centered on PG&E, which reported an outage around the time and place the fire ignited. The death toll from the so-called Camp Fire has risen to at least 63, with hundreds of people still unaccounted for. California state investigators in June faulted PG&E-owned power lines for sparking a dozen blazes in Northern California in the fall of 2017 that killed 46 and incinerated nearly 9,000 homes and other structures.

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In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Picker said his agency will soon implement a provision in a new state law that makes it easier for utilities to pass costs for past wildfires to their customers. He said additional legislation may be needed to ensure that provision applies to this year's fires.
www.cbsnews.com

This is how big government operates, it operates with big corporations ....

So blame "climate change" if you want to, but a rational person would blame the enormous sprawl&growth of the population into areas of California that catch fire easily, and a Power company that can pass on its errors and liability onto to its customers with the governments stamp of approval.

#7 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2018-11-16 08:18 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

"So blame "climate change" if you want to, but a rational person would blame the enormous sprawl&growth of the population"

Thanks, Capitalism!

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-11-16 08:23 PM | Reply

So blame "climate change" if you want to, but a rational person would blame the enormous sprawl&growth of the population into areas of California that catch fire easily, and a Power company that can pass on its errors and liability onto to its customers with the governments stamp of approval.

I didn't realize these things were mutually exclusive...

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2018-11-16 09:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Our daughter lives about 1/2 hr. S of San Francisco.

Yea, the smoke is really bad. The AQ was 345 today. India and Mongolia was 210

#10 | Posted by bat4255 at 2018-11-16 10:43 PM | Reply

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I always wanted to visit India. Now I can drive down to the Google campus and get a sense of it.

#11 | Posted by bored at 2018-11-17 02:03 AM | Reply

There is only ONE problem. Human over population. everything else that we call a problem (catastrophe) has it's roots in the population growth. It is absolutely inevitable that things will get much worse before they get better. And I think that if we get to a place where we can say, even, that we have stabilized the environment, we'll be at that place with about 1/3 of the present population.

#12 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-11-17 09:36 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I agree, early '60's 3 billion, now 7 billion.

#13 | Posted by bat4255 at 2018-11-17 11:09 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

--I agree, early '60's 3 billion, now 7 billion.

California's population has doubled since the 70s. Guess what? Double the damage from annual wildfires. Math.

#14 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-11-17 11:36 AM | Reply

A well sourced rumor claims that to prevent forest fires in California, Trump has just bought a company that manufacturers garden tools and promptly ordered one million rakes, in fact, the best rakes the world has ever known, to be distributed to people who live in heavily forested areas.

The garden tool company's moto has been changed to "Rakes Save Lives." or ... "Don't run ~ RAKE!"

#15 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-11-18 08:34 AM | Reply

"Thanks, Capitalism!"

Sorry Snoofy. China and India have much more overpopulation than we do. It isn't an economic system that creates overpopulation, it's biology. The cure for it is educating women. When you educate women birth rates fall. Proven fact.

#16 | Posted by danni at 2018-11-18 09:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

When you educate women birth rates fall. Proven fact
#16 | POSTED BY DANNI

Access to free contraception and safe, legal abortion would help, too.

#17 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2018-11-18 11:22 AM | Reply

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