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Friday, November 15, 2013

Abbott objects to linking fires to climate change.


My father-in-law was involved in the rural fire service, and he devised a fire danger risk calculator that relied on the interaction of three factors; heat, dryness, and wind speed.  Global warming makes the first worse, by definition, and heat dries out the grass.  Yes, fires are started by eleven-year-old boys, army explosives, fallen power lines, and lightning strikes, not climate change, but any given spark is more likely to catch and run if it’s hotter. The risk will be greater and fires will be worse, virtually by definition. Warmer = more and worse fires. That simple.


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