Friday, 12 August 2016

Wildfires in California heat domes across the U.S.

The state of California in the United States. It is the largest state in the country by population: 38-40 million people and one of the most expensive states in the U.S. because of the standard of living, the entertainment industry that is being challenged by the film industry popping up in the South particularly the state of Georgia and the popular filming location New York City . California is bordered to the East by several small islands i.e. Isla Catalina or Catalina Islands, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, etc. To the North is Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and the immediate South Mexico.

Santa Clarita Fires, town North of LA

Not the surfer's Paradise, Environmental problems persists 

Greater Los Angeles area at night.

The U.S. State of California is still in a severe drought that has lasted for close to 6 years now. In unforgiving fashion, Mother Nature has not spared any pat of the state from the current heatwave and heat doom spread across the United States. Although California has a Mediterranean climate (one of the few states in the U.S. to have such a climate), the state is semi-Arid. The further South a traveller goes, the more desert California becomes. Each summer, the wildfires spreads across Los Angeles hills and Forest. Los Angeles has lost a good chunk of its forest to annual, devastating wildfires that is both man-made by opportunistic arsonists and caused by Mother Nature in the form of high winds and dry bush. The most famous being the dreaded Santa Ana winds. The wildfires in Los Angeles County has become a regular occurrence for decades now. It affects both the wealthy and poor along the coast and inland or the flatlands.  Thousands of families have been evacuated and displaced by the fires. While the city of Los Angeles has been spared, the fires are still being battled by local fire-fighters. A heat dome recently ended in California and across the United States. Contrary to American pop culture, climate in the United States isn't the stereotypical Maine Spring or Midwest (Northern) snow and ice. Summer time in the country even in the normally cold Midwest gets unforgiving hot and temperatures reach 35-41 Celsius or 95-106 degrees. In Texas, Arizona, New York City and most of California can reach degrees of 100+ degrees each summer. New York City is known for becoming humid during the Summer as well despite being surrounded by water. Southern California's weather is self explanatory. In Texas and other states, the vegetation and land is generally green year around. That's not the case in California, Arizona and New Mexico. In California, the green hills and mountains turn dry and yellow partly due to the fact that the grass in California is not entirely native to the state

"Station Fires" in Los Angeles Forest

Mexican Rock Group Molotov Frijolero breaks down the peculiarities of immigration, border police and U.S. Foreign Policy

Home to several famous major metropolises and a megalopolis San Francisco Bay Area, California has been faced with many environmental problems. Rapid urbanization in South and North is worrying environmentalists in the same way it has across the Global South. The nuclear pollution and fallout debris from the 2011 Fukushima Disaster is gradually making its way towards the West Coast of California. In addition, the state sits in the Ring of Fire and on several active earthquake prone fault lines that run literally underneath the cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento, the state capital. The slow desertification in the greener North has pushed the prices of food up. The state originally lost a lot of its indigenous grass and flowers during the Spanish colonization in the 16th century. California and the South west United States was colonized by Spain and than absorbed twice: first by Mexico in 1769 and than by the United States in 1850 as a state. While part of Mexico, California was known as Alta California and Baja California, the Mexican state was the Southern half of the Mexican province Las Californias. The Mexican influence particularly people, culture, food and language never stopped flowing to California and still remains across the state today and wider United States.

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