The Year 2020: Wildfires in California, Australia and extreme storms

In the midst of a global pandemic, Australia battled its worst wildfires in its country's history, whereas in the U.S., the West was also fighting back flames and the South endured multiple tornadoes.
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In Tennessee, a massive tornado hitting. Hurricane Laura slamming the gulf coast. 2020 shattering records around the world for some of the wildest weather ever recorded. Deadly wildfires raging up and down the west coast. Go, go, go! More than 1lion acres charred, mostly in California, Colorado and the pacific northwest. What's happening with fires in the west right now is exactly what has been predicted with climate change. The atmosphere is hotter and drier. Hey, time to moveose line up. Fire crews battling walls of flames. I've been covering fires for half a dozen years or more. I've never seen anything like this. The sky completely Orange. This is the strongest hurricane to hit this part of the gulf coast in history. The amount of damage around Lake Charles is just incredible, some of the winds from hurricane Laura took upper floors of this hotel and ripped it to shreds. 30 named storms in the atlantic. The most in history. The most extreme storms. The strongest winds we've ever recorded have been in the last five years. Oh, my god. And heartache in the heartland. From that epic derecho mutilating Cedar Rapids in This is what an e-4 tornado can do. Winds of 175 miles an hour Redding this neighborhood. To the multiple tornadoes ripping through a suburb of deadly and destructive in Missouri, Alabama and Tennessee. Tornado alley is expanding to practical third of the country. Climate change is the explanation of the overall trend. 10,000 miles away, teenagers in Australia rescuing these koalas from the worst wildfires in Australia's history. 3 billion animals killed or displaced in a harrowing and deadly Australian wildfire season. We are inside the quarantine where 12 koalas were rescued by science for wildlife. Now if you look right over H you can see that these females actually have joeys with them. Every ecosystem in the world is experiencing this hotter climate. We know what the trajectory is. It's whether we choose to change the trajectory.

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