Researchers from the University of Idaho and Columbia University are warning us about wildfires. It seems that the fires in the Western part of the United States have been more dangerous during the last 30 years, especially due to climate change. According to them, we could be considered responsible for wildfires because we are the main reason global warming is happening so fast.
Scientists explained how the rising temperatures are putting us at higher risk of wildfires. The fire activity has already increased and there are larger areas burned than before. To understand better, think that the temperatures in the forests have risen with almost 2.5 degrees since 1970. This difference is enough for more dangerous wildfires to start.
This has a lot of negative effects on our lives. First of all, without forests, we would not be able to live. We need that oxygen to survive. As long as wildfires will get bigger, our changes to breathe a healthy air will disappear. Moreover, without plants and trees, the entire habitat is in danger.
This is the first study regarding the connection between wildfires and climate change. Researchers wanted to find out how strong is the connection and how much global warming has affected the western forests in the United States.
The biggest issue is that we do not have how to stop this phenomenon. It is too late to prevent climate change, so the best we can do it try to reduce the damages. The authorities should be prepared for bigger wildfires in the future. Think about the fire in the southern Oregon, in 2002, were more than 500 000 acres were burnt. Another example would be the Canyon Creek Complex Fire, with more 43 homes burnt. It is a hard mission for the firefighters and the equipment they have is not made for the wildfires that will come.
There will come a time when fires will not be so common. This will happen mostly because there will be no forests to burn. Even though some could think this is good news, the truth is our planet will be lost without enough forests.
We have to be prepared for what will come. We are already in danger and the future generations will have a hard time trying to survive on Earth.
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