Climate Change and the West Coast Fires: A Conversation with Berkeley Earth’s Climate Scientists

With rampant wildfires burning across most of the West, record-setting heatwaves, and a record-setting hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico, the Earth’s changing climate has received quite a bit of attention this summer, despite the ongoing pandemic.

In light of the dramatic impact this summer’s weather has had on our home state of California, our climate scientists Robert Rohde and Zeke Hausfather sat down with Social Media Manager Kari Hulac for a quick Q and A on issues including climate change and forest management to help make sense of a very active (and early) fire season.

For both real-time and historic air pollution data related to the West Coast wildfires, visit our air pollution maps.

Read more:

The role of air pollution data in west coast firestorm

Air pollution and cigarette equivalence

July 2020 temperature update

2 thoughts on “Climate Change and the West Coast Fires: A Conversation with Berkeley Earth’s Climate Scientists

  1. Great point – we can manage the forests but we may never see the climate cool. I read that estimates of the 1800’s California wildfires were 4 million acres annually. Do you have any access to early records? Hard to find what is normal. The local native tribes would do controlled burns after the first fall rain.

  2. Congratulations on the excellent work!

    I am wondering if I can use the same principles adopted in California to analyse Pantanal wildfires here in Brazil. We desperately need more information on that, allied with good forest management.

    Thank you for putting some light on this matter.

    Best Regards

    VItor Alves Domingues

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