A primary school in Lane Cove - which is kinda local to where I live - caught on fire recently.
I don't know if it was because of the heatwave (try debunking global warming now, you anti-world-survival deniers) or because something gaseous or electrical caught fire - I don't really pay attention to news, so I heard about it from my younger brother who had gone to Lane Cove to pick up a few things - but still, fire.
Depending on how serious the fire was, the primary school might be out of commission for a while; the kids might like it (who hasn't wanted a week or more off school?), but hopefully A) no-one was killed or severely injured, and B) it doesn't affect the kids' education too much. Having to cram in content because of a few missed weeks no-one could help is never fun, for either the students or the staff.
How scary for the kids @AkiraKurusu! They might just take it as being a few days extra holiday :-p As you said hopefully nothing too bad happened to the school and it doesn't affect their education
@PineappleGod thank you We'll be OK - if the order comes through to evacuate I've got cat carriers all ready to go and essentials like passports and stuff already packed, and we have family members scattered around the place so we would be able to find someone to stay with who wasn't also affected if the need arose
What I don't get here is: why?
Where I live we have a strange relationship with fires, because we have them almost every summer,but at least we know there are some fucking bastarards who want to speculate over the land or threaten the someone's property or get more terrain for their pastures (yeah I know it feels like the we are three centuries behind the rest of the world) who set places on fire (man I would kill them with my hands);or at the very least it's some lazy/ignorant farmer who wants to get rid of the dry grass on their terrains the easy way™ and ends up turning the adjacent roads like Dante's inferno(and at least those got arrested).
But why there? How those fires take origin? The hot winds and little prevention activities may not help, but why do they take place everywhere now?
I used to believe my little island was the only uncivilized and lawless place where people do this on purpose, but seeing how things are been going on for months now...*sigh*
@Valery0p they are starting the same way they always do - dry lightning strikes, machinery, accidents, deliberate setting - just the difference is the conditions, so they can spread super fast and are very difficult to put out. In other times fires might fizzle out on their own before anyone notices or just be able to be contained them extinguished before they get very big. Now they can spread to thousands of hectares in a few days and laugh at the containing efforts of the firies. Typically we get plenty of rain during winter so the ground and trees have a base level of moisture in them, and fires don't spread so fast. But we have been in drought for a while so everything is very very dry. And this summer has been extra hot, breaking records more than once!
@USUKDecks that is not the case at all - all I have been doing this summer is obsessively watching the news, watching the fires near me app, watching the live traffic app, watching the bureau of meterology site, watching the emergency services agency site, checking up on my family when a fire looks like it is getting near where they live, organising donations of food and bottled water to go to the coast, helping people advertise their animal charities to get donations and supplies, and worrying and worrying!!!! Not to mention breathing toxic smoke for two months, which got so thick you couldn't see 100 metres away at times! Most of the summer we were advised to not leave the house! Anyone with asthma was basically confined to their house with gas masks (I glad I don't have it, but I delivered some dinner to an acquaintance who lives alone and has asthma who couldn't leave the house one night). I did not get to do a single thing I wanted to do this summer. It's just been fires fires fires fires drought fires hail fires all summer! And I didn't mention that we had a massive hail storm the other day with hail the size of baseballs which damaged my car (and thousands of others, basically if you didn't park under cover you lost your car) and destroyed my pergola and damaged my roof. And damaged loads of other people's houses too. It was declared a catastrophe by the government so that insurance companies are not allowed to drag their feet when assessing claims.
I meant to tell you (but I think you deleted your other blog), it's going to be worse for the world. I waited until the news finally did their own investigation, but yeah, things are going to get near-unlivable. Basically, we've sped up global warming, poisoned the waters, killed the wildlife and plants. The balance is destroyed and in a decade the world is going to feel it on biblical-levels.
For now, buy as much eucalyptus as you can--the animals still need to eat before the bugs do....even though the bugs are important, too.
Yeesh. Never expected my future to be so horrid due to the failings of previous generations, especially those who still idiotically deny such a horrific future is happening.
...Why do humans have to be so self-destructive...? If it was any other species having such a devastating aspect on the world, we'd cull them real quick; too bad we can't do the same to ourselves.
Soon enough, through utter complacency and apathy, we'll become the frogs, the world will become the water-filled pot, and carbon dioxide (and other gases) will be the fire. By that point, it'd be too late to save our froggy selves.
@AkiraKurusu Don't worry, the previous generations won't get to have all the fun. We'll chip in a fair bit ourselves no doubt. Either way, I wouldn't expect literal apocalyptic effects within this century. I haven't seen any predictions that place us anywhere near an increase of 8+ degrees. We'll face all sorts of disasters and increased tensions between groups of people in the next century, but we won't face literal global extinction from the climate itself. Now, a nuclear war triggered by those tensions on the other hand...
@MicmasH_W it is funny how many times I've said how glad I am to not live in the USA, well the shoe is on the other foot now! No one would want to live here. A country that's burning being run by self-serving bastards that only care about lining their own pockets.