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Climate change has doubled western US forest fires, says study

(The Earth Institute at Columbia University) A new study says that human-induced climate change has doubled the area affected by forest fires in the US West over the last 30 years. According to the study, since 1984 heightened temperatures and resulting aridity have caused fires to spread across an additional 16,000 square miles than they otherwise would have -- an area larger than the states of Massachusetts and Connecticut combined.
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