A new AI model that maps moisture levels in fine detail across 12 western states opens the door for better wildfire predictions.
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"We can't attribute single fire events to climate change. But the trends in large fire events... are consistent with expected trends in a warming climate."
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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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Even in extreme wildfires, thinning and prescribed burns to reduce the number of small trees and shrubs can pay off in the long run, a new study shows.
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"These cats could be the canary in the coal mine, letting us know what might happen if more people are exposed to these types of wildfires."
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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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Just how much of the Amazon is burning? An expert weighs in on the most reliable methods for assessing the scale and significance of the fires.
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