As California burns, many fear the future of extreme fire has arrived

Posted In Climate Change, News

Thomas’ Fire, Montecito, California, December 11, 2017. Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care


Experts say the state’s increasingly ferocious wildfires are not an aberration – they are the new reality.

As the climate shifts, so does fire behavior. Summers are longer and drier. Sometimes the winter rains are meager for years, as in the recent five-year drought…

Read Full Article, Guardian UK (07-31-2018)

Extreme global weather is ‘the face of climate change’ says leading scientist; Guardian UK (07-27-2018)
Climate change has long been predicted to increase extreme weather incidents, and scientists are now confident these predictions are coming true…

California’s December Inferno; NASA / Earth Observatory (12-21-2017)
It is rare for large wildfires to burn in California in December, which is usually a wet month for the state. In 2017, the Thomas fire shattered the record for December and may soon eclipse the worst blaze in any month…

Effects of climate change could accelerate by mid-century; Science Daily (12-14-2017)

Did climate change worsen the Southern California fires? The Atlantic (12-06-2017)
Seven of California’s 10 largest modern wildfires have occurred in the last 14 years. (The state began keeping reliable records in 1932.) Given the scale of the blazes, and their increasing regularity, it makes sense to ask: Does global warming have anything to do with this?..


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