Chris Barnard writes in The Hill that preventing severe wildfires is climate action.
- Severe wildfires are not only harmful to people, but are also harmful to our climate as they release mass amounts of CO2 into our atmosphere, setting back environmental progress.
- In order to reduce wildfires states must take up more active forest management practices such as prescribed burns and thinning out fuel loads on forest floors.
- If we want to truly address climate change, responsible forest management is essential.
“More proactive measures must be taken to limit the severity of these wildfires. It is well-known by now that fire suppression tactics in states like California have backfired spectacularly, by allowing ‘fuel loads’ such as underbrush and dead trees to pile up, effectively creating enormous tinderboxes.”
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