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From Hurricanes to Wildfires: How to Think About Climate-Disaster Linkages

The Intersection
By Chris Mooney
Oct 31, 2007 7:40 PMNov 5, 2019 10:19 AM


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My latest Science Progress column just went up. It's about what we can and can't say about global warming and the California wildfires--and the strong parallels between the climate-wildfire debate and the climate-hurricane debate. A quotation:

...an important generalization about climate change and disasters: Even as we must be cautious not to attribute any single disaster to climate change, and even as we must acknowledge the societal factors that make us more vulnerable, we still have every right to fear the double whammy of a societal trend superimposed atop a climatic trend. In both the hurricane and the wildfire cases, there are reasons for thinking that's precisely what's happening.

You can read the entire column here.

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