Saturday, August 18, 2018

Experts: If we don’t stop climate change, CA fires ‘will seem mild in comparison to what’s coming’

This year’s fires have already burned nearly three times as many acres as the same time last year. Experts say climate change has increased the length of fire season.

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The Mendocino Complex Fire in Northern California is now the largest wildfire ever recorded in California’s history. It started burning in July – the state’s hottest month on record. Of the 20 largest wildfires in California history, 15 have occurred since 2000. This year’s fires have already burned nearly three times as many acres as the same time last year. Experts say climate change has increased the length of fire season. In Oakland, California, we speak with Michael Brune, the director of the Sierra Club. We also speak with Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State University and author of “The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial
 is Threatening our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving us Crazy.”

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