Does Global Warming Increase Forest Fires?

New research published this week in the journal Science says that global warming may be causing more intense wildfires in the western United States. The researchers found that increases in large wildfire activity in the western United States over the past 25 years is "strongly associated with increased spring and summer temperatures and an earlier spring snowmelt."

Anthony Westerling, assistant project scientist, Climate Research Division; Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego; assistant professor, School of Engineering and School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts, University of California, Merced

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