“FAO. Climate change has both direct and indirect effects on agricultural productivity including changing rainfall patterns, drought, flooding and the geographical redistribution of pests and diseases.”
Not a single day goes by without news from somewhere in the world about extreme drought or (severe) floods. This has, unfortunately, become so commonplace that many people choose not to consume broadcast media at all, others simply close off their senses and become numb, others are so deeply affected by the constant local/worldwide news that they decide to take action and do something concrete to help/improve circumstances, and then there are those who are directly involved e.g. through their work in the field.
The wildfires in California this week are deeply shocking news, with at least 170.000 acres of land being destroyed so far, and mass evacuations of people losing their homes. Seven years ago, in October 2010, when I visited Napa and Sonoma Valleys, the year had been disastrous for the vineyards/the whole vintage due to heavy rainfall. Now this. Are these weather patterns, including droughts, wildfires, hurricanes and extreme floods a new normal in the United States? Or, are these extreme events consequences of geoengineering, i.e. artificial intervention by human beings into the Earth´s weather?
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