A World On Fire

Following devastating fires in Greece that forced people into the sea, most of the West Coast of the United States is engulfed in flames.

Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, and Oregon are all battling wildfires in yet another disastrous fire season.

Last year, Sonoma County, California experienced the most expensive wildfire in terms of damages in state history, and at least 200,000 acres have burned in 17 different fires so far.

At least eight people have died in the California blazes, including a 70-year-old great grandmother and her two great-grandchildren, who were 4 and 5 years old.

Two firefighters are also counted among the dead.

The Union of Concerned Scientists assert that increasing global CO2 emissions and the resulting effects on weather patterns and climate are to blame for the ever-worsening wildfires.

“If average statewide temperatures rise to the medium warning range (5.5 to 8 degrees Fahrenheit), the risk of large wildfires in California is expected to increase about 20 percent by mid-century and 50 percent by the end of the century. This is almost twice the wildfire increase expected if temperatures are kept within the lower warming range.”

As the state becomes drier and drier and temperatures become hotter and hotter, California’s risk for wildfires grows exponentially.

Each of the state’s most devastating wildfires have occurred since 2000, and 10 of them in the past decade and coincided with the hottest year’s in the planet’s history: 2014, 2015, and 2016.

With 2018 well on its way to breaking that record yet again, it only makes sense that this year’s fire season would be catastrophic.


The Washington Post

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