Thinning forests, prescribed fire before drought reduced tree loss

Who’d a thunk it, forest management might be a good idea?~ctm Treatments may reduce loss in future droughts and bark beetle epidemics University of California – Davis Thinning forests and conducting prescribed burns may help preserve trees in future droughts and bark beetle epidemics expected under climate change, suggests a study from the University of…

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California’s government solely responsible for states forest management and wildfire debacle

Guest essay by Larry Hamlin The inept government, political and regulatory policies of California have clearly driven the present forest management calamitous conditions with that failure leading to disastrous wildfires throughout the state. Those government and political leaders that are responsible for this situation that has been decades in the making have tried to conceal…

Solar energy may have caused California’s wildfires

From The Washington Examiner by Kevin Mooney | March 04, 2019 12:59 PM Taxpayer-subsidized, ratepayer-funded utilities that may be on the hook for billions of dollars in liabilities point to climate change as the major factor standing behind the recent California wildfires. PG&E CEO Geisha Williams has argued that dry, arid conditions associated with global…

A long view of California’s climate

Public Release: 4-Mar-2019 Study examines centuries of data to understand climate-wildfire links NOAA Headquarters Deadly severe wildfires in California have scientists scrutinizing the underlying factors that could influence future extreme events. Using climate simulations and paleoclimate data dating back to the 16th century, a recent study looks closely at long-term upper-level wind and related moisture…

Wildfires Caused By Bad Environmental Policy Are Causing California Forests To Be Net CO2 Emitters

Guest essay by Chuck DeVore In the past two years, wildfires scorched 2.9 million acres in California, including five of the state’s 20 deadliest fires killing 131 people. Former California Gov. Jerry Brown grimly warned that because of man-made climate change, these destructive wildfires are the “new abnormal” that threaten “our whole way of life.” Newly elected…

Shocker: study shows past forest fires occurred mainly in humid, warm periods

Researchers at the University of Bonn used drill cores to trace back the fires of the past 600,000 years – favorable climate induced growth promoting larger fuel loads was the biggest factor. Highlights: Fire intensity and temperature were largest during warmer periods of earth history. The fires did not mainly occur during particularly dry periods as assumed, but in comparatively humid and…