October 24, 2017

How climate change has affected wild fires

Think Progress - The deadly wildfires that ripped through Northern California  are just the latest in a season of record-defying natural disasters in the United States. As the death toll passed 40, reports of Californians hiding in pools as their houses burn and scenes of devastated homes and vineyards added to 2017’s apocalyptic picture of how climate change is impacting America today.

The past 10 years have been among the hottest years on record. It’s no coincidence that — as seen below — 13 of California’s largest 20 fires by acreage burned have occurred since 2000, and 10 of those in the past decade. According to NOAA, 2014, 2015, and 2016 are the third, second, and first hottest years on record, and each of these years hosted its own record-breaking fire in the state.


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