How Climate Change Affects Wildfires | NBC News Now

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Published: 12/06/2019

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NYU environmental studies professor David Kanter explains how climate change is creating the perfect conditions for wildfires. » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCNews NBC News Digital is a collection of innovative and powerful ...



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Climate change generally is making wetter areas wetter drier areas dryer as dryer seasons get longer vegetation gets drier and it becomes a tinderbox and ideal conditions for the spread of wildfires such that just one single spark can lead to a wildfire spreads over thousands of acres. The way to think about climate change is like a baseball player on steroids. You can't point to one homerun and s ...
y that was directly linked to their steroid use. But if you look over the course of a season and that player has hit 80 home runs, you can say, with a pretty high level of likelihood, that a good portion of those home runs were due to this player takingsteroids. And it's the same thing with climate change. While you can't point to any one particular fire and say that is precisely due to climate change, you can say it was made much more likely as a result of climate change. It'S sometimes easy to forget in this discussion of climate change, that it has these real impacts on the ground, not just in terms of people losing their homes, but also in terms of the risks to ecosystems and is more and more acreage. Burns you're gon na have more smoke in the atmosphere which contributes to air pollution and puts vulnerable portions of the population at risk, particularly those that suffer from asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Sothe scientific consensus is that across the world, these kind of extreme weather events are only going to increase in frequency and intensity, not just wildfires, but looking at hurricanes you're. Looking at droughts, you're looking at flooding, which we've already seen across the united states - and these are the costs of climate change, the cost of not acting as quickly as the science suggests. We should hey nbc news viewers, thanks for checking out our youtube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch. The latest interviews show highlights, and digital exclusives thanks for watching.



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