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Wildfires and Climate Change

An Australian wildfire has killed at least 135 people, and some experts are blaming global warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions for this and other recent blazes. What is the role of climate change in wildfires?

  • February 9, 2009

Southern California wildfires destroy hundreds of homes

Wildfires continue to rage through three areas of southern California today -- Montecito, Sylmar, and parts of Orange County -- having already claimed at least 800 homes, the Associated Press is reporting.

November 16, 2008 — Ivan Oransky

Death toll climbs in Aussie wildfires

At least 135 people have died and authorities say that more than 200 may have perished in wildfires that have been raging in southern Australia since Saturday.

February 9, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Could Wildfires Save the Arctic?

Alaskan residents who watched as wildfires claimed a record 10,000 square miles (26,00 square kilometers) of land in 2004 can take cold comfort in the fact that the choking smoke endured during wildfire season could blunt some of the effects of global warming.

July 25, 2008 — JR Minkel