Home Science California fires: Blazes to get 'A LOT' worse in the future -...

California fires: Blazes to get 'A LOT' worse in the future – climate warning

Since the beginning of the year, fires in California have scorched 3.2 million acres of land – an area comparable to the state of Connecticut. More than 4,000 structures have burnt to the ground while at least 24 people have died as a result of the fires.

However, experts have warned the 2020 wildfires will be a doddle when compared to what is to come.

Climate change has increased the chances of drought in California, which in turn increases the chances of wide-spread wildfires.

Both are on an upwards trajectory, and Georgia Tech climate scientist Kim Cobb described future wildfires as an even scarier prospect.

Ms Cobb said: “It’s going to get A LOT worse.

“I say that with emphasis because it does challenge the imagination.

“And that’s the scary thing to know as a climate scientist in 2020.”

Former NASA chief scientist Waleed Abdalata, now at Colorado University, added: “I strongly believe we’re going to look back in 10 years, certainly 20 and definitely 50 and say, ‘Wow, 2020 was a crazy year, but I miss it’.”

Jeff Schlegelmilch, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, told Weather.com: “These are all things we should expect to see more and more of as climate change takes a deeper hold on our climate and on the extremities that it creates in our weather.”

- Advertisement -

With the raging fires comes a bombardment of smoke, which can be lethal to residents of California and its neighbouring states such as Nevada and Oregon.

READ MORE: Dozens dead as wildfires sweep western USA

Source:Daily Express :: Science Feed

- Advertisement -


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

- Advertisment -
%d bloggers like this: