This article discusses climate change and wildfires.
Californians are already facing long fire seasons and record-setting blazes that have scorched the landscape and created clouds of soot. But this is just a hint of what’s to come as the planet gets hotter.
The state released its fourth Climate Assessment late last month, making a research-based projection for how climate change is likely to alter the environment and what the state can do now to help avoid the worst impacts. The picture is dire and the challenges are great: more severe heat waves, more floods, more beaches subsumed by the ocean, and even more frequent and severe wildfires.