Letters to the Editor

Wildfires will increase as climate change continues

Paige St. John (“Experts: Fires, global warming link not supported,” Oct. 20) reports that “scientists who study climate change say their work does not show a link between this year’s wildfires and global warming, or support (Gov. Jerry) Brown’s assertion that fires are now unpredictable and unprecedented.”

Climate change skeptic Roger Pielke is cited to justify questioning Gov. Brown’s linking climate change to increasing wildfire activity. The majority of climate scientists (97 percent), however, would support Gov. Brown’s linking the two.

Last year, The National Climate Assessment — a federal report comprised of hundreds of scientific papers on climate change impacts — stated, “Increased warming, drought, and insect outbreaks, all caused by or linked to climate change, have increased wildfires and impacts to people and ecosystems in the Southwest.”

The federal climate report went on to say that wildfires will increase as climate change continues, including “up to 74 percent more fires in California.”

Ted Hamilton, Atascadero

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