Week 10 – Apocalypse of the Four Ecodisasters

Week 10 – Apocalypse of the Four Ecodisasters

Smoke on the Water

Los Angeles – loves good lighting and dramatic set design.

There is an old joke that contrary to popular belief, Los Angeles indeed has seasons. Pilot Season, Award Season, and Fire Season.

So far, so haha.

Fire in this environment had been part of a natural cycle of growth, destruction and regrowth, but with both the expansion of communities into what was once nature and rising temperatures and unpredictable weather patterns, the fire season is now year-round, except for the period when the fire damage leads to what will probably soon be called mudslide-season. Are there

Aqua Vitae

The Los Angeles River – dramatic, but hardly a river.

The lyric is actually ‘SEEMS like it never rains in Southern California’.

It does rain in Los Angeles and Southern California. It doesn’t rain a lot, and it doesn’t rain year-round. But when it does all the rain ends up as polluted runoff in the ocean. Barely any is saved or makes it to an Aquifer or any kind of storage, For a region of 13 million people in a semi-arid location, wasting what little water you have access too seems unconscionable. The city already diverts (steals?) water from Northern California, famously used in the plot of the film Chinatown, as well as from other states.

Are there solutions that Los Angeles as a city or Angelenos as individuals can seek out to lessen the dependence on imported water, and create a sustainable water policy for the future?

Aura Arborealis

Different kind of big sky country

Probably not unique to Los Angeles as this might be an issue for many cities but while not unique it is also specific to Los Angeles – the lack of trees is becoming increasingly problematic. There are the palm trees of Los Angeles, but they do little or none of what a tree could or should do. The palm trees don’t provide much shade and therefore do not help with rising temperatures, they provide no food or material, and they do little to absorb carbon.

Even if they did, there are too few of them to have any meaningful impact. All cities, and especially Los Angeles, should increase the planting of trees if there is to be any hope of survival. The palm trees are currently dying off due to parasites and stresses caused by heat and lack of water, is this a good time to look at opportunities to replace them and introduce other species to make Los Angeles a more livable and healthy city?

Seismic Climate

A tourist, standing above fake water, in front of faux-trees, holding a spark in his mouth that could wipe out Los Angeles – Joe may have known what he was saying here.

Although the belief that hot, windless days with an eerie calm are an indicator of impending shaking is still surprisingly common, there is no such thing as Earthquake Weather. But there are earthquakes. Again this is certainly not unique to Los Angeles, but it is a fact that most Angelenos are unprepared for a major Earthquake. This is partly due to complacency and denial, but partly due to confusion of what prepared means, and what is actually needed and where, but also for how long.

There will be a major earthquake in the Los Angeles region, and it could happen tomorrow, so why are locals who should know better so unprepared?

Domestic Avarice

The irony of naming a place that is home to the homeless.

Homelessness is a stain on not just Los Angeles, but situated at the end of a transcontinental Freeway and terminus of Railroads in a warm climate and a comparatively progressive place certainly makes for an obvious place to find oneself without a house. maybe frank Lloyd Wright was, err…right when he said that Los Angeles is what happens if you lift up the country and tilt it.

However, I don’t think Homelessness is the problem, I think it is a symptom that is problematic in many, many ways and an embarrassment to society. The cost of living, the cost of and lack of housing is, of course, part of it, which is a problem specific to Los Angeles.

I guess I am implying that the problem is not that you are living on the street, the problem is that you ended up on the street. If you are in a car accident and fly through the windscreen you will have cuts to your whole body and those should of course first be tended to, but not wearing a seat belt and not having safety glass as well as the actual cause of the accident are the actual problems.

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