Never ones to let a “serious crisis go to waste,” Green pressure groups are shamelessly attributing the fires to global warming and claiming that this year’s fires ravaged the largest area ever recorded. “But that is because the National Interagency Fire Center curiously – and somewhat conveniently – only shows the annual burnt area back to 1960, when fire suppression indeed was going strong, and hence we had some of the lowest amounts of burnt forests ever,” explains Bjørn Lomborg, President of the Copenhagen Consensus Center. “Yet, the official historical data of the United States tells a different story. Look at the Historical Statistics of the United States – Colonial Times to 1970, There we have statistics for area burnt since 1926 and up to 1970. Reassuringly, the data for 1960-1970 ‘completely overlap.’ This is the same data series.” Professor Lomborg shared the graph above.
Tiny particles in smoke from wildfires may increase the danger of acute heart problems, including cardiac arrest and ischemic heart disease especially among vulnerable people, according to a new study published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Many climate scientists believe this upsurge is the result of climate change, which contributes to conditions that encourage wildfires. Heikerwal, the study’s author, acknowledged a possible link. “We are living in this world and seeing heat waves and drought happening around us so, yes, it could be climate related,” Heikerwal said.
'Both the number and acreage of wildfires was below the 10-year average, although the Northwest (fires and acreage) and Northern California (acreage) were much above average...Significantly, not only was last year below average, but the 5-year averages for both fires and acreage are below the 10-year average, which suggests the incidence of wildfires has actually been decreasing, contrary to popular myth.'