Doesn’t it feel like we’ve been tossing around in a washing machine of natural disasters in 2017? Hurricanes, wildfires, flooding, drought, storm surge… earthquakes! Is this because of climate change or is it just weather?
What’s the difference between climate and weather?
Climate is different than weather and both are driven by global warming and human land use.
Weather is local and temporary. It’s how the atmosphere is behaving at a particular time in a certain place. Temperature, rain, snow, and wind are all elements of weather. Weather is variable and constantly changing. When you look out your window, you are looking at weather; the 7-day temperature, sun, rain or snow forecasts are telling you about the expected weather.
image source: The Weather Network
A hurricane, snowstorm or heat wave is weather – not climate.
Thinking bigger picture, climate describes average atmospheric indicators like...
Hunting is no longer the biggest fire burning at the grizzly bear’s cave door.
No, I’m not a Grizzly Bear Biologist and I'm not a hunter. I am a Systems Ecologist & Professional Forester – much of my career’s work has centered around understanding the cumulative effects people and nature have on one another and using that knowledge to help plan for a future we all want.
This week the fledgling new British Columbia Government announced it will fulfill an election promise by banning “Trophy Hunting” of Grizzly Bears in the Province.
But you can still kill them as long as you pack the meat out and turn in the head, paws and hide to the Government – and providing you are not in the Great Bear Rainforest.
It appears that killing grizzly bears is not really perceived as a threat to their survival – but the social acceptability of killing them for “sport” does appear to be on the decline.
Resilience and survival mean we need to adapt to having wildfire in our world - not trying to eliminate it. Indigenous people lived in harmony with fire for 1000's of years here in North America - we need to re-learn that skill.