Listen to the Trees!

Guest post by Jim Steele What’s Natural? Published in Pacifica. Tribune August 20,2019 This summer I taught a class on the Natural History of the Sierra Nevada for San Francisco State University’s Sierra Nevada Field Campus. The first day we taught students how to identify the trees. Once students know their trees, they can easily…

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Persistent plume

Analysis of massive 2017 cloud of wildfire smoke will help calibrate climate models, including modeling of nuclear winter, geoengineering University of Colorado at Boulder Thunderstorms generated by a group of giant wildfires in 2017 injected a small volcano’s worth of aerosol into the stratosphere, creating a smoke plume that lasted for almost nine months. CIRES…

Unusual Cool Temperatures over the Pacific Northwest Leads to Strong Winds and Power Outages in California

Reposted from the Cliff Mass Weather Blog Saturday brought record or near-record cold temperatures to the Pacific Northwest, and strangely enough, that led to unusual Diablo winds over northern California, with the regional utility PG&E cutting power to thousands to reduce the chance of another major wildfire. Cold temperatures potentially producing wildfires?   Ironic, perhaps, but…

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…

The Voice of America Babbles Nonsense About Climate Change and California’s Wildfires…

Guest ridicule by David Middleton I miss the good old days when it was Radio Free Europe. From today’s Real Clear Energy headlines, totally unrelated to energy… Climate Change Fuels California Fires September 12, 2018 Mike O’Sullivan LOS ANGELES —  California has experienced record heat waves and catastrophic fires in recent years, and climate experts…