Is CLIMATE CHANGE driving California wildfires? Here’s what a new study says
Climate change is driving the recent wildfires that have raged in California, said scientists, adding the western US state has greater exposure to fire risks than before humans began altering the climate.
The analysis finds an “unequivocal” role for global warming in facilitating the conditions for fire, BBC reported.
The review also revealed that “extreme fires” occur when natural variability in the climate is superimposed on dry background conditions owing to global warming.
“In terms of the trends we’re seeing, in terms of the extent of wildfires, and which have increased eight to ten-fold in the past four decades, that trend is driven by climate change,” said Dr Matthew Jones who led the review.