25 Dec '11, 4pm

Climate change threshold nears for rapid increase in wildfires in Canada via @zite

"Changes in the wildfire regime have a significant impact on a local and global scale and therefore on the climate as well. It is therefore important to understand how the mechanisms which shape these wildfires work in order to be able to make predictions on what will change in future," explained PD Dr. Volker Grimm of the UFZ in a media release. The scientists evaluated data on fires greater than 200 hectares from the Canadian Forest Service from 1959 to 1999. The data showed that three ecozones in Canada are close to a turning point: the Hudson Plains south of the Hudson Bay, the Boreale Plains in the Mid-West, and the Boreale Shield which stretches from the Mid-West to the East coast and is therefore the largest ecozone in Canada. The Boreale Shield is the closest to the turning point. Looking at the data for the Boreale Shield more closely, the researchers found that a...

Full article: http://www.skepticalscience.com/news.php?n=1176

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