Wildfire smoke is aggravating chronic illnesses hundreds of miles away from the flames. Air pollution, worsened by fossil fuel burning, kills more than nineteen thousand people a day, making it one of the leading causes of death in nearly every country on Earth. Young people growing up today are seeking treatment for mental health issues in numbers never seen before, in part because they are not always sure they’ll have a livable future. It can’t go on like this. Somehow, some way, we have to learn how to care about one another again. Most building projects using steel buildings will need planning permission from your local authority.
When we read stories about how climate change is altering the world, journalists often focus our attention on people and places far removed from our everyday experiences. Polar bears are majestic and fascinating creatures, but virtually none of us will ever interact with one. For the millions of people who do live in the Arctic, mass starvation of other animals is happening with increasing regularity and creating a much more immediate impact on their lives. In recent years, about a quarter of the caribou in Russia died due to unseasonably warm winter weather, which transformed the normally soft snow into a sheet of ice, preventing them from accessing the grass below. When calculating floor space for an industrial steel building or a commercial steel building all areas including canopies & mezzanine floors need to be included if they are to be incorporated in the building.
The loss of sea ice doesn’t affect only polar bears, which depend on the ice to hunt; it’s killing off the region’s entire food chain, from migratory whales to plankton. Sea birds, like puffins—leading indicators of oceanic health—are also experiencing a rapid demise. Just inland along the Arctic coastline, the growing season has almost doubled in length over the last decade as the open water offshore has transformed the landscape from tundra to a humid shrubland. The environment has been thrown into a tailspin.
Offshore, the opening of new waterways has transformed Arctic fishing industries: In Greenland, mackerel—migratory fish that also live in tropical waters—had never been seen locally until the start of the twenty-first century. They now arrive there every year, making up one-quarter of Greenland’s fishing economy. Salmon, too, pushed to the point of local extinction in California, have occasionally been spotted in the Arctic. All these changes are happening while the people who have lived there for thousands of years fight to preserve their ways of life and fend off greedy companies looking to establish Arctic shipping lanes and claim mineral rights.
Meanwhile, the rest of us are experiencing our own surreal encounters with the rapidly transforming planet, every day. In 2016, an octopus splayed out inside a Miami Beach parking garage went viral on the internet. Climate reporter Brian Kahn has kept a running log of these Dali-like moments on Twitter, labeling them “Postcards from the Anthropocene.”
Recent features include: a man fly-fishing next to the Washington Monument (who ended up catching a carp); two men playing golf while a raging wildfire burns in the background; a man mowing his lawn while a tornado churns near his backyard; sunbathers during a heat wave in northern Finland sharing the water with a caribou; a police boat cruising down the center of a flooded interstate in North Carolina; servers and patrons carrying on with their dinner in ankle-deep water at a restaurant in Italy; and a firebomber airplane scooping up water just offshore from a surfing beach in California.
That Miami Beach octopus became famous because of a king tide, a phenomenon that occurs during the twice-monthly gravitational alignment of the Earth, the sun, and the moon, and is exacerbated by the rise in sea levels. It’s this kind of gradually escalating flooding that will likely force Floridians to permanently retreat from the coastline, not a devastating hurricane.