In 2013, the fungal forest disease called Sudden Oak Death was discovered in California. Sudden Oak Death is caused by the fungus Phytophthora ramorum. As of April 2018, this disease was found in about 7,300 counties in 26 states in the United States. The fungus has a huge impact on forest ecosystems like farmers’ orange groves, pines, elm, etc. Some worst cases in California lead to the deaths of hundreds or even thousands of plants and almost half of the trees in some areas (Palmer 2017, 2018; Fink 2019). This fungus is a good example of how climate change can cause sudden changes in ecosystems.
When I was 15 years old, I was diagnosed with leukemia. I went through four intensive chemotherapy treatments (very hard for both the patient and the parents) and was finally declared to be in remission. After 5 years I had a relapse. All I could do was wait to see if it would pass and try to keep my life as normal as possible. Why did I have relapsed leukemia? I was going through adolescence and not feeling well. And even worse, I did not feel like I was progressing in the outdoor classroom or even at school. Naturally, my parents were going through a very hard time. 7211a4ac4a