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Drought and Fires XIV: Umatilla National Forest, Washington State, 2006

Drought and Fires XIV: Umatilla National Forest, Washington State, 2006

Eastern Washington: photographed August 2006.

In August 2006, the peer-reviewed journal, Science published two articles that linked increased fires in the American West with global warming and suggested that this could be a worldwide problem.  These articles made two salient points: 1) Higher spring and summer temperatures and earlier snowmelt are extending the wildfire season and increasing the intensity of wildfires; 2) More fires mean more carbon in the atmosphere, which means warmer temperatures, meaning more fires.  These articles were cited in the last IPCC assessment report (2007).

Since these articles appeared the science has only become settled on both these points.  See, for example, here and here.  Of note are the recent fires in Russia in 2010 and Texas and Arizona in 2011.

Drought and Fires XV: Umatilla National Forest, Washington State, 2006

Drought and Fires XV: Umatilla National Forest, Washington State, 2006

Drought and Fires XV: Umatilla National Forest, Washington State, 2006

Drought and Fires XV: Umatilla National Forest, Washington State, 2006

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