Wildfires will burn across greater areas, be more frequent, and be more deadly as climate change warms the planet. This is because warmer temperatures lead to drier forests, which make it easier for wildfires to start and spread. These wildfires destroy communities and animals' habitats, displacing thousands while costing billions, similar to hurricanes. Also similar to hurricanes, 

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Effects Category: Effects on Extreme Weather

Effects Category: Effects on Human Health

Effects Category: Effects on Animals

Effects: Snowmelt

Effects: Deluge and Changing Precipitation

Effects: Droughts and Heatwaves


Abatzoglou, John T., and A. Park Williams. “Impact of Anthropogenic Climate Change on Wildfire across Western US Forests.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113, no. 42 (October 10, 2016): 11770–75. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1607171113.

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