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California, Colorado Fires May Show Climate-Driven Transformation

“Wildfires from Australia to Siberia are not just larger, hotter and faster, but burning in areas and seasons where they were previously rare.”

“The wildfires that exploded over the past few days in California and Colorado show clear influences of global warming, climate scientists say, and evidence of how a warming and drying climate is increasing the size and severity of fires from the California coast to the high Rocky Mountains.

They may also be the latest examples of climate-driven wildfires around the world burning not only much bigger, hotter and faster, but exploding into landscapes and seasons in which they were previously rare.

For tens of thousands of Californians enduring evacuations, and millions more suffering through smoke that has brought some parts of the state the worst air quality in the world, the recent fire weather has seemed almost biblical.”

Michael Kodas reports for InsideClimate News August 22, 2020.


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“California’s 2 Emergencies: How To Shelter People Fleeing Wildfires In A Pandemic” (HuffPost)

“Homeless Californians Doubly At Risk As Wildfires And Pandemic Collide” (HuffPost)

“Climate Change, Wildfires And COVID-19 Are Creating A Hellish Combo For California Prisons” (HuffPost)

“‘An Impossible Choice’: Farmworkers Pick A Paycheck Over Health Despite Smoke-Filled Air” (Guardian)

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