Climate Change Fingerprints Are All over California Wildfires

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Blazes have reportedly risen 500 percent on public lands since the late 1970s

Scientific American reports these devastating wildfires are "part of a dire global warming-fueled trend toward larger, more frequent and intense wildfires. Climate change causes record droughts.

“Higher temperatures exacerbate the drought by increasing evaporation and transpiration,” Westerling said. “Drier conditions mean highly flammable (wildfire) fuels. Drier conditions and high temperatures drive more extreme fire behavior.”

Local firefighters have reported they've never witnessed the intensity and unpredictability of recent fires. It's past time to stop burning fossil fuels.

Read more: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/climate-change-fingerprints-are-all-over-california-wildfires/?utm_medium=email


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