Worsening wildfires in California are part of a long-term trend "toward more wildfires that burn larger areas and cause more damage," says Andrew Plantinga.
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"The irony is that by fighting against certain environmental regulations, these folks may be damaging their own earning capacity."
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Widespread "perfect droughts" affect southern California water sources about six times a century, according to a study of tree rings going back to 1126.
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Climate has been a major driver for wildfire severity in California's Sierra Nevada region, which also means that future climate change will drive
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A gel-like fluid could offer a simple, affordable treatment to dramatically cut the number of wildfires that occur each year. It even works when it's wet.
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"In California, we face the real risk that every fire season will be among the most destructive, or even the most destructive, on record."
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"Fire not being influenced by moisture anymore? That is surprising. It's going to be a problem for people, for firefighters, for society."
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