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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.It's the third day of fires that are consuming some 29 square miles, fanned by Santa Ana winds that are expected to die down by this afternoon.

November 16, 2008 — Ivan Oransky

Two die in Texas, Oklahoma wildfires

Firefighters were mopping up today after wildfires swept through Texas and Oklahoma, killing two people and damaging more than 100 homes.The Associated Press reports that a former local TV journalist, Matt Quinn, and his wife, Cathy, were killed and their son injured when their home in Montague, Tex., 80 miles northwest of Dallas, was engulfed in flames.

April 10, 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

Australian bushfires from above

NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of southeastern Australia today—the smoke from the deadly wildfires there is plainly visible from Aqua's orbit 440 miles (705 kilometers) above Earth.

February 9, 2009

Australia Battles to Contain Worst Wildfires in 30 Years

(Reuters) - Hundreds of firefighters were battling on Tuesday to contain Australia's worst wildfires in 30 years which have already swept across more than 12,000 hectares outside the southern city of Adelaide and destroyed at least 26 homes.

January 5, 2015

Predicting Wildfires

Fires are burning more acres than ever. Where will the next blazes ignite? Can we prevent them? Should we?

August 1, 2007 — Patricia Andrews, Mark Finney and Mark Fischetti

Tiny Bones to Pick

Paleontologists brave wildfires, parasites and scorching temperatures in search of ancient mammal fossils

January 17, 2002

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