Emergency and disaster management briefing for November 14, 2016: A powerful earthquake hits New Zealand and triggers a tsunami; millennials seek cybersecurity careers; a new rule boosts efforts to develop sustainable power sources in the West; multiple wildfires trigger air quality alerts in the Southeast; both Tennessee and North Carolina declare a state of emergency due to fires; and drought conditions, high winds, and low humidity contribute to an unprecedented wildfire season in the Appalachians.
We have choices to make with respect to how we source energy in the future. Some choices are better than others--for us, for our children, and for our future ability to survive and thrive. It's important that we make the right choices.
Earth Overshoot Day is that day of the year when humankind's consumption of resources exceeds the Earth's ability to produce them. Beginning in the 1970's, that day has been steadily creeping forward in the calendar. This year, it's August 8th. That should be alarming.