California just had its hottest month on record, and that means more wildfires


It should come as no surprise that California is burning. 

On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that July was California’s hottest month since record keeping began in 1895.

Those scorching temperatures withered the land, creating profoundly parched forests primed to catch fire with just a spark. 

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Major wildfires are propelled by weather, notably strong winds, but they’re also enhanced by overall rising global temperatures due to human-caused climate change, say scientists. This is a particularly stark reality in California, where even in early July, fire scientists noted that the state’s vegetation reached near-record dryness.  Read more…

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