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Human Activity Will Accelerate Disasters Like America’s Wildfires

Updated: Oct 6, 2020

There are many proximate reasons for these forest fires—fireworks, campfires, a stray spark—but there is one large cause that is blindingly clear: human actions that have led to climate change. To put it simply, the world is getting hotter, and that means that forests get drier. A yearslong drought, which ended in 2017, killed 163 million trees in California—and that deadwood proved to be the kindling for this year’s devastation.

We have to recognize that the way we are eating, living, and consuming energy are all having an impact on the planet—and increasingly it is reacting. Read more ...

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