Warming temperatures across the world are likely to lead to more intense weather events, and make wild fires, for instance, more ferocious and more common, according to a new NASA report.
The agency looked at what the worldwide environment for fires will be like by the end of this century, based on data gathered by two of its main Earth-observing satellites over the past decade. It concluded that hotter, drier conditions seen this year across the West of the United States, for instance, are a pattern that’s likely to persist long into the future, because of climate change.
“There’s certainly a trend toward hotter and drier conditions in areas that are already experiencing fires, and even an increase in fires in places where fires haven’t historically been important,” Doug Morton, a scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, is quoted as saying,
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