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The October 2017 wildfires are some of the worst the state has ever seen. To date 41 people have died and 6000 homes have been destroyed. So what is fueling these fires and how is climate change making them worse? Dr. Matthew D. Hurteau is a Forest and Fire Ecologist at the University of New Mexico. He says climate change is having a huge impact on the frequency and size of these fires. Since the 1970s fire season has increased by an astonishing 2 & 1/2 months+! And for every 1 degree C (1.8 degrees F) air temperature rise, the amount burned can be 4 times greater! So when it comes to climate change, there is a immense and direct connection to wildfires. And just small changes in temperature, moisture and wind can have a huge impact. Here’s the interview…
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Jeff Berardelli, Meteorologist and Eco Journalist in training