Climate Change Will Bring More, Bigger Wildfires Worldwide

A dry winter and warm dry spring this year left Colorado forests tinder dry, ripe for the wildfires now raging there, and we can expect more of the same everywhere under climate change, reports Nathanael Massey at ClimateWire. Although no single fire, no matter how severe, can be concretely linked to global climate change, the climatic conditions seen in Colorado this year fit the kind of pattern scientists expect to see in the future. In one of the most comprehensive fire-modeling studies to date, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Texas Tech University aggregated 16 separate climate models to map future fire-prone regions of the globe. Their findings suggest that, in the decades to come, fire prevalence will decrease in the tropics — but will increase, possibly severely, at more northerly latitudes, especially in the western United States.  Lead author Max Moritz, a fire specialist based at UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources said, “In next 30 years, we’re looking at pretty consistent disruption of current fire patterns for over half the planet — most of which involve increases” in severity, said lead author Max Moritz, a fire specialist based at UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources.

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7 hours ago – As wildfires rage in the West, scientists see conditions worsening in future decades. Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter. ClimateWire: Thursday

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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