Wildfires and climate change
11/14/2018 18:23 - Posted by Tom van Leeuwen
We are told that forest fires are on the rise. It would be our fault by using fossil fuels.
Exactly the opposite is true. It is precisely thanks to the use of fossil fuels that we are able to fight forest fires with fire engines, helicopters and aircraft, which has led to a reduction of 80% of the burned area over the last 90 years in the United States.
The slight increase from 1995 onwards is due to a reduction in forest maintenance, enforced by environmental groups in an attempt to protect certain fauna.
Is climate change the culprit causing California’s wildfires?