Climate change is fueling mega-wildfires such as the ones scorching Southern California this week, according to one of the world’s foremost experts on fire ecology, professor Tom Swetnam of the University of Arizona.
He told CBS’ â€œ60 Minutes” that climate change has raised temperatures by about one degree in the West, creating drier conditions and sparking a fourfold increase in wildfires.
Here’s a shocker: He predicts that the fires could destroy a majority of the West’s forests in coming decades.
Tom Boatner, the chief of fire operations for the federal government, said that climate change was driving unstoppable mega-fires that are 10 times the size of those he’s seen in the past.
As for climate change skeptics, â€œYou won’t find them on the fire line in the American West anymore,” Boatner told â€œ60 Minutes.”
We’re getting a glimpse of our climate change future out West. It isn’t pretty.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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