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Warming to Ignite the Carbon Bomb #climatechange

Warming to Ignite the Carbon Bomb #climatechange

Warming to Ignite the Carbon Bomb Posted on 4 March 2012 by Stephen Leahy NOTE: This is a reprint of an article by Stephen Leahy originally appearing in IPS News VANCOUVER, Canada, Feb 27 2012 (IPS) - Rising temperatures are drying out northern forests and peatlands, producing bigger and more intense fires. And this will only get much worse as the planet heats up from the use of ever larger amounts of fossil fuels, scientists warned last week at the end of a major science meeting in Vancouver. “In a warmer world, there will be more fire. That’s a virtual certainty,” said Mike Flannigan, a forest researcher at the University of Alberta, Canada. “I’d say a doubling or even tripling of fire events is a conservative estimate,” Flannigan told IPS. Worldwide, fires burn an estimated 350 to 450 million ha of forest and grasslands every year - an area larger than India. Credit: Ca...

Full article: http://www.skepticalscience.com/news.php?n=1324

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