Wildfire


The Devastating Fort McMurray Wildfire and What It Means for 2016 Wildfire Season

, lead economist and climate policy manager

The 2016 wildfire season is just getting underway and, sadly, we are already seeing a repeat of many of the tragedies of other recent fires seasons. Read more >

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2015 Wildfire Season in Oregon: Dangerously High Risks Underscore Need for Action on Climate Change

, lead economist and climate policy manager

Like much of the Pacific Northwest, Oregon is facing the risk of a bad wildfire season this summer. With 86 percent of the state in drought and 34 percent experiencing extreme or exceptional drought conditions, Governor Kate Brown has declared a drought emergency for 15 counties. The state’s May water supply outlook predicts that, with sixty percent of the monitoring sites setting records for the lowest peak snowpack levels in 30 years, it is likely that there will be water shortages this summer. Capping carbon emissions, as proposed in HB 3470, is an important contribution Oregon can make toward limiting future climate risks, including from drought and wildfires. Read more >

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Confronting the Climate Impacts to Rocky Mountain Forests: From the Statistical to the Visceral

, , senior climate scientist

I was in Colorado a short time ago to release “Rocky Mountain Forests at Risk,” our latest report on the regional impacts of climate change. The report focuses on how climate change has amplified the effects of tree-killing insects, wildfires, and stress from heat and drought — what we called a “triple assault” — on forests. But my work on the report didn’t prepare me for the scene that confronted me on the ground.  Read more >

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Climate Change is Putting Iconic Historic Sites and National Parks at Growing Risk

, , deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

Heading into the Memorial Day weekend, like most people in America, my thoughts usually begin to turn to summer vacation. But this year it’s different. I’m pre-occupied with the alarming threat climate change impacts — especially wildfires and coastal flooding — poses to some of our most important and iconic historic sites and national parks. Read more >

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Are the California Wildfires a Sign of Climate Change?

, , former scientist and Kendall Science Fellow

The exceptional heat in Southern California and the dangerous wildfires occurring since May 13 may be a sign of climate change given their severity and timing. As of Friday, May 16, over 10,000 acres have burned throughout Southern California and several locations have surpassed previous temperature records. Read more >

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