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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:49 PM

Scientists - As Colorado Burns, Expect "Consistent Disruption Of Fire Patterns For Half The Planet"

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Although no single fire, no matter how severe, can be concretely linked to global climate change, the climatic conditions seen in Colorado this year fit the kind of pattern scientists expect to see in the future.

In one of the most comprehensive fire-modeling studies to date, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Texas Tech University aggregated 16 separate climate models to map future fire-prone regions of the globe.

Their findings suggest that, in the decades to come, fire prevalence will decrease in tropical regions -- but will increase, possibly severely, at more northerly latitudes, and particularly in the western United States.

"In next 30 years, we're looking at pretty consistent disruption of current fire patterns for over half the planet -- most of which involve increases" in severity, said lead author Max Moritz, a fire specialist based at UC Berkeley's College of Natural Resources. Toward the end of the century, he said, an increased prevalence of fire becomes a near certainty for most of the Northern Hemisphere.

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http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=scientists-predict-worse-wildfire-blazes-us-west

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hatrack Jun 2012 OP
msongs Jun 2012 #1
Robb Jun 2012 #2
kestrel91316 Jun 2012 #3
pscot Jun 2012 #4
joshcryer Jun 2012 #5

Response to hatrack (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:52 PM

1. forest fire is a natural process with many benefits. it is humans who build in the forest

that experience all this trauma

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:05 PM

2. Earthquakes, too. Those Haitians got what they had coming, eh?

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:19 PM

3. Meanwhile in Los Angeles, the past two fire seasons have gone missing. And our temps this month have

run 10-25F below normal (thank god).

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 09:13 PM

4. That's because the North Pacific is full of Arctic ice-melt water

Our turn is coming.

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Response to hatrack (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 01:29 AM

5. The west is going to be so fucked. Less rain = more dryness = harder to fight fires.

I think if this shit continues the entire west will be a desolate wasteland.

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