California residents presently are in high need of an highly advance system that can help them reach safer place in case hit by an earthquake, said members of the US Congress who are urging US President to provide funds for a prototype system currently being developed by California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
Presently, a prototype system has been developed by the researchers at the California Institute of technology (Caltech) and the congress members are asking president Obama to fund the project.
According to Caltech, their system can caution people before any earthquake hits a place and prior notification can provide people with some precious time to get a safe place.
According to members of US Congress, all it will require is just an investment of $16m (£10.7m) annually. As per Californian seismologists, their state is ripe for a mega earthquake.
A study conducted by the US Geological Survey calculated there is a 7% change of a magnitude 8 earthquake in California within the next 30 years. Another 2008 study showed that a magnitude 7.8 earthquake along the southern San Andreas Fault could kill about 1,800 people and cause $213 billion in damage.
In an interview with Sky News, Thomas Heaton, Director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Laboratory at Caltech, said, “We’re trying to make it so that it is a functioning system but at this point the budget to actually turn it into a system that we would unleash on all Californians has not been approved so it is up to the politicians”.
The KLFY notes that, if governments are serious about the global warming targets they adopted in Paris, scientists say they have two options: eliminating fossil fuels immediately or finding ways to undo their damage to the climate system in the future.
The first is politically impossible — the world is still hooked on using oil, coal and natural gas — which leaves the option of a major cleanup of the atmosphere later this century.
In other news OceanSidePost reported, The Paris agreement provides, "Parties recognize the importance of averting, minimizing and addressing loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change, including extreme weather events and slow onset events, and the role of sustainable development in reducing the risk of loss and damage". "The problem is not solved because of this accord", President Obama said following the deal. We want to avoid the worst impacts of climate change falling on the poor and vulnerable.
When U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, he began by apologizing to the world for how America has helped cause global warming. He said he had come “as the leader of the world’s largest economy and the second-largest emitter to say the U.S.A. not only recognizes our role in creating this problem, we embrace our responsibility to do something about it.”
Two weeks later, a 32-page climate paper in hand, the president called the summit a “turning point” for the world—and a defining moment for his administration. “The American people can be proud,” President Obama said. “Because this historic agreement is a tribute to American leadership. Over the past seven years, we’ve transformed the United States into the global leader in fighting climate change.”, reports TheTrumpet.