Butler County Times Gazette
Global warming and the increase in wildfires
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By Pat Cunningham
June 13, 2013 11:15 a.m.



Colorado-Fire

In an article about the current wildfire in Colorado (above), Tom Kenworthy writes THIS:

The past decade has seen a sharp increase in the number of acres burned by wildfires. In 2012, 2007 and 2008 more than 9 million acres were burned, and the half dozen worst fire years since 1960 have taken place since 2000. A recent Department of Agriculture report predicts that the acreage burned by wildfires will double by 2050 to about 20 million acres annually.

The report’s findings are in line with previous studies on climate change’s relation to fire risk: a 2012 study found ...

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