Megafires are a Megaworry

Climate change is a likely contributer to phenomenal megafires that are “impossible to extinguish short of rain or divine intervention” and that have only really appeared in the last few years.

While they have burned all over the globe, Australia has paid particular attention. For years, Australia has experienced severe drought that has forced them to rethink their water management and policies (or lack thereof) addressing global warming. Now, they have to rethink how they have historically handled wildfires.

One official fears that may mean breaking policies intended to protect the forests. Certainly, as global warming intensifies and impacts more, environmental solutions will have to get creative.

Take, for example, the latest from NOAA: Incident Meteorologists who have traveled to support the Australian Bureau of Meteorology fight against the wildfires, which have killed at least a dozen people and hundreds of farm animals.

It appears as though we are willing to forge an international partnership to treat the symptoms. Now we must do the same to treat the disease.

2 Responses to Megafires are a Megaworry

  1. […] to Climate Progress Climate change is a likely contributer to phenomenal megafires that are “impossible to extinguish […]

  2. Earl Killian says:

    I’ve seen no general reporting of the following item from the 9 March 2007 of Science: A Dose of Dust That Quieted an Entire Hurricane Season? by Richard A. Kerr which was just reporting on work in the 27 February issue of Eos (but I don’t have a subscription to that). Remember the predictions for the 2006 hurricane season that didn’t happen? Now two scientists explain why 2006 was normal instead of deadly. Quoting from the Science writeup: “an unusually heavy surge of dust began blowing off North Africa and into the western Atlantic at the 1 June beginning of the official hurricane season. Two weeks later, the surface waters of the western Atlantic began to cool compared with temperatures in the previous season.” So the Sahara saved us. This time.