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The Face of Climate Change II

Posted by
~~~Ann~~~ (Nelson, New Zealand) on 8 February 2019 in Documentary & Street.

This is the sun setting through the plume of smoke from the forest fire currently burning in Tasman District, in New Zealand's South Island, just a few kms away from where I live. 2000 ha have burned and the numbers are climbing.

The image shows the bone dry state of land in our highly agricultural and horticultural region. While not on the scale of the recent wildfires in Australia, California, Portugal and elsewhere, this is the first major fire in our region since the 1980s. The last big one was in February 1981 at Hira, on the outskirts of Nelson city and it burned 1972 hectares); More recently there have been smaller ones in October 1997 at Harakeke, in the Moutere Hills (535 ha); in December 2004, in Irvines Forest (200 ha); and in November 2009, near Tadmor (600 ha).

Grant Pierce, a fire scientist with Scion Rural Fire Research Group, comments:

"Modelling of potential future changes in fire danger indicates that the number of severe fire weather days is likely to increase in many parts of the country. This includes the Nelson region, where the number of days of very high and extreme forest fire danger could increase to more like 12-13 days per year on average, and maybe 20-25 days in the worst years, with climate change. (Source: Scoop)

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Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

J'aime beaucoup ta photo

8 Feb 2019 9:17am

Anne from France

Interesting... and worrying!

8 Feb 2019 9:45am

@Anne: Yes indeed. The nearby village of Wakefield has been evacuated and we've been advised to pack an evacuation kit. 50 km/hr winds are predicted for tomorrow and anything could happen.

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Great effect!

8 Feb 2019 5:59pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

belle lumière

8 Feb 2019 7:39pm

yoshimiparis from France

that's wonderful.
Beautiful sky that presages a storm to come.

9 Feb 2019 7:29am

Marjolein from Enkhuizen, Netherlands

I wish you a lot of strength and hope you can stay safe in your home.


BTW congratulations wiith your Spotlicht!

9 Feb 2019 4:45pm

@Marjolein: Thanks Marjolein. Fortunately, our home is in no immediate danger unless a fire breaks out in the forestry block in the hills behind us. We desperately need rain to reduce the fire danger which is rated extreme throughout the region.

omid from mashhad, Iran

Wonderful !!!!!!!!!!
...
& Congratulations! :)

9 Feb 2019 6:04pm

Dutchess from Lakeside Village, Netherlands

Threatening!!
Congratulations :-)

9 Feb 2019 10:26pm

~~~Ann~~~ from Nelson, New Zealand

So many thanks to aminus3 for the feature and for taking the time to view and comments on this photo. I was planning l to submit it as a photo story so that more people would see it and I'd like to see images of how climate change is affecting others around the world.

And in case you're wondering about the fire danger situation here, please visit this Radio NZ page for an update. Much depends on what the wind does in the coming 24 hrs.

10 Feb 2019 12:03am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Hope you are staying safe Ann, it has been a very frightening time for the whole area. Congratulations on Spotlight.

10 Feb 2019 1:13am

@kiwisa: Many thanks for your thoughts Frances. As you probably heard on tonight's news, today was a better day for the firefighters, and though Wakefield is still in danger, hopefully the worst is over and the heros who are working round the clock will finally declare the fire defeated.

Gérard from Allauch, France

Congratulations on this Spotlight and this testimony on the state of the world!

10 Feb 2019 9:15am

ceteceva from Angers, France

Belle composition ! Une atmosphère chargée et effrayante avec ces lourds nuages.
Congratulations on your spotlight !

10 Feb 2019 9:35am

Aminus3 Discover from United States

Thanks for contributing your story to Aminus3 Discover. It has been posted here

10 Feb 2019 7:21pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Congratulations on your SPOTLIGHT!

10 Feb 2019 7:31pm

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

ominous in every sense!

11 Feb 2019 4:32pm

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

Very beautiful and dramatic! Congratulations!

11 Feb 2019 4:47pm

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ISO 250
45 mm

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