A climate-driven transformation of wildfires around the globe

by Michael Kodas, Inside Climate News


Highlights

  • Climate change is increasing the severity and size of wildfires across the globe
  • Fires in Colorado burned over 200,000 acres, while fires in California burned an area the size of Rhode Island
  • These Western US fires were predicted by Federal wildfire forecasters due to the trend of low moisture and warm weather
  • New research suggests that fires in California will more than double in the coming decades due to manmade climate change 
  • The marine layer of fog that typically adds moisture to California’s redwood trees has declined by a third, adding to the trees flammability 
  • Colorado has not experienced the monsoon that usually drenches and cools the Southwest, leading the state to become even drier and hotter
  • The western part of the state that is experiencing the most fires has also seen a 2-degree Celsius increase since 1895, twice the global average increase

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Read More: https://insideclimatenews.org/news/22082020/california-colorado-wildfires-climate-change-global-transformation

Nina Turner
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