02 Jul '12, 10pm

Record-breaking wildfires are "a window into what global warming really looks like"

Record-breaking wildfires are "a window into what global warming really looks like"

The wildfires in Colorado, the worst in the state's history , have snared headlines for over a week now. Violent flames, hundreds of thousands of acres in destruction, thirty thousand evacuees, at least one casualty, untold damage, and a visit from the president, who stopped by Colorado Springs for a photo opp filled with grim looks and charred rubble. But this isn't just a freak occurrence. According to Princeton University's Michael Oppenheimer, a lead author for the UN's climate science panel, it's exactly what we should expect to see much more of in a world beset by climate change. Oppenheimer recently told the Guardian , "What we're seeing is a window into what global warming really looks like . It looks like heat, it looks like fires, it looks like this kind of environmental disaster … This provides vivid images of what we can expect to see more of in the future." Ju...

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