Fuel load, not climate, greater risk for wildfires

While the UN’s latest global warming report rightfully lowers alarm about the link between climate change and extreme weather events, it does warn of increased risk of wildfires.  But according to Dr. David Evans, a statistician and climate policy expert in Australia, it is fuel loads of combustible trees that pose the much greater risk.  Evans notes that NASA satellites reveal 6% more living green matter in the last decade than the 20 years before that, and thus, there is more to burn.  Indeed in southeast Australia, fuel loads are now around 30 tons per hectare, compared to around 8 tons in years past.  So contrary to the UN warning, maybe it’s just time to clear out some old underbrush.

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David Rothbard

David Rothbard is co-founder and President of CFACT.