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Wildfires and Climate Change

20 Oct 2020, 18:02 UTC
Wildfires and Climate Change
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The year 2020 has been a time of destructive wildfires around the world. The same happened last year. And, over the past decades, the fires have been become more frequent around the planet, as well as more deadly. At the same time, Earth is undergoing climate change. Now, correlation doesn’t necessarily mean causation in science. However, in this case, there’s a direct link between climate change and the rise of destructive fires. Average global temperatures are rising, which means that spring and summer temperatures are higher. For regions where snowpack supplies water, this means that melt happens earlier. Soils dry out sooner, and inevitably, we get drought. This is certainly true where I live, in the Western United States. But, it has also happened in Australia, Europe, and parts of South America, and Asia. It’s part of climate change.

I’ve talked about climate change here before. Why? Because it’s part of studying our planet as a planet. We study Mars and Venus and the others and characterize their surfaces and atmospheres. Our space and weather agencies do the same for Earth. Unfortunately for us, the data about our planet also contains damning evidence that we’re hurting the planet we ...

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